The neighbourhood government school that the five-year-old girl, who was raped by her cousin and strangled to death, attended remained shut on Tuesday to bemoan her death.
The police, on the other hand, brought her family, suspected to have accepted monetary compensation after the rape, under the ambit of investigations.
"The case has become more complicated and sensitive. A new dimension of murder is being probed," circle officer Kapil Dev Singh told Hindustan Times.
Hours after she was raped by her 19-year-old cousin Om Pal Giri, not only did the family of the Class 1 student send her to school but even decided against administering any sort of medical treatment to her.
"It was the elders of the family that decided the matter; I had no say. My daughter bled profusely. I tried to nab him but he ran away after a brief scuffle," said Sunita Giri, the mother of the girl.
The minor's father said the family of the accused offered him Rs 15,000-Rs 20,000 to keep the matter under wrap.
However, police investigators said he was offered anything between Rs 1 and Rs 1.5 lakh by the other family.
The matter got worse on Monday when the minor attended school but had a bout of severe vomiting. Her mother later took her to City Central Hospital in Ghaziabad around 10am. The doctors later referred them to MMG District Hospital, around 300 metres away. There she was declared brought dead.