After evading arrest for six days, the man accused of raping a five-year-old girl of Madhya Pradesh was arrested from Hussainabad area of Bihar's Bhagalpur district on Tuesday night.
Firoz Khan (35) was hiding in Badi Masjid area at his relative's place, Seoni's superintendent of police (SP) Mithilesh Shukla told PTI.
Acting on leads, the police zeroed in on Firoz at his relative's residence where he was hiding and arrested him, the SP said.
Initially, the residents of the house tried to mislead the police but later neighbours came forward and virtually pulled him out of the house.
The public allegedly thrashed Khan on the spot, after which the police whisked him away, the SP said.
Khan (35) was nabbed by Bihar police from his maternal uncle's home in Hussainabad locality under Muzahidpur police station areas of the district, officer in-charge of the police station Jameel Ashgar told PTI in Bhagalpur.
Khan had allegedly raped the minor girl on April 17 and later dumped her on a farm land. Her parents found her next morning there and rushed her to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College, Jabalpur for treatment.
An MP police team, which is in the state on the lookout for the accused and were today in Supual, has been informed about the arrest and they are on way here, Ashgar added.
Khan, working in Jhabua power plant limited in Madhya Pradesh, allegedly raped the minor girl in Shivni district of Madhya Pradesh on April 17.
The girl is battling for life in a hospital in Nagpur.
After committing the crime, Khan had fled to Bihar.
A joint team of MP and Bihar police were trying to arrest him since Sunday last.
After a search for the accused in Banka failed to yield result, the joint police team visited neighbouring Supual district on Indo-Nepal border tracking mobile phone signals, SP Pushkar Anand told PTI.
The police suspected the accused of trying to flee to Nepal through the porous border and his mobile was found switched off. Luck ran out for him and he was arrested in Bhagalpur on Tuesday night.
Earlier during the day, the condition of the five-year old rape victim from Ghansour town, who is battling for life, had deteriorated, hospital authorities said here today when Madhya Pradesh home minister Uma Shankar Gupta had visited the hospital last evening.
"The condition of the minor girl is deteriorating," the spokesman of the private hospital in Nagpur's Ramdaspeth area had said.
According to the Madhya Pradesh police, the girl was allegedly raped by 35-year-old Firoz Khan on April 17 in Ghansour town, after which he dumped her at a farm.
The girl's parents found her unconscious the next morning and she was taken to Netaji Subhash Chandra Medical College and Hospital in Jabalpur.
However, the girl was brought to Nagpur in Maharashtra by an air ambulance and admitted to Care Hospital in Ramdaspeth area shortly before midnight on April 20.