A drug-crazed barber and his tailor friend have been arrested for abducting, sexually assaulting and then killing three children, including two girls, in northeast Delhi, police said on Thursday.
Mohammad Sadab, 20, the barber, and Mohammad Mia, 19, committed the crimes over a couple of days last month before being arrested on October 1, VV Chaudhary, additional commissioner of police (northeast), said.
“Two children from the area, a girl aged about seven years and a boy aged 10, told us that they had escaped a kidnap attempt a day after two siblings were found sexually assaulted and murdered in New Usmanpur,” said Chaudhary.
The siblings — a five-year-old boy and his three-year-old sister — had apparently gone missing from their Khajuri Khas residence around 4pm a day before their bodies were found.
The police only knew that the rapist was addicted to drugs. They got a portrait of the rapist made with the help of the one of the children who he had tried abducting.
“Four police teams arrested 52 boys, and on the basis of the portrait, three were shortlisted. Local intelligence helped us conclude that Sadab was the culprit. He was arrested near a liquor shop in Khajuri Chowk. Mia’s was arrested soon after,” Chaudhary said.
The duo told the police that they had on September 26 planned to kidnap and rape any child they could manage to get their hands on. Mia is said to have told Sadab that he couldn’t go searching for children and waited as Sadab went in search of potential victims.
“Sadab first tried to abduct a girl aged around seven, but she started shouting and crying for help, forcing him to flee. After some 15 minutes, he tried to kidnap a 10-year-old boy but he resisted,” said Chaudhary.
Sadab then began looking for a younger girl and, around 10pm, managed to get a hold of a three-year-old whom he took to Mia near the Gamri Nullah.
They took the girl to the dump yard near the Bijli Ghar in Usmanpur and killed her after sexually assaulting. They threw her body into a dustbin.
“Mia has admitted his involvement in kidnapping, sexually assaulting and murdering the two siblings abducted from the Khajuri Khas area,” Chaudhary added.