Police on Monday arrested a youth who allegedly raped a minor girl and then murdered her in Sambalpur district of Odisha.
Police said Pradip Dalei (27), a driver by profession, allegedly lured the innocent girl from the Tanlapada locality in Sambalpur city area, about 320 km west of Bhubaneswar, on the pretext of treating her with noodles but instead took her to a secluded place.
"He raped the hapless girl and then murdered her by causing suffocation," said Sambalpur additional superintendent of police DK Deo.
The incident caused widespread resentment and people blocked a road for hours demanding strong action against Dalei.
Residents of the locality said at about 6pm on Sunday, the girl was playing with her friends when Dalei, who regularly came to a betel shop in front of her slum, called her and took her in a bicycle before the girl's mother and some other women could raise an alarm.
Residents frantically searched the girl for four hours and then went to Dalai's rented house in a nearby locality where they found him in a drugged condition. As Dalei allegedly feigned ignorance about the girl’s whereabouts, the residents reported the matter to the police.
After interrogation Dalei admitted to raping and murdering the girl and dumping her body in a bush in a park.
Police said Dalei, who hails from Choudwar area of Cuttack district, has reportedly deserted his wife and two minor daughters few months back.