An eight-year-old girl child’s body was recovered from a flowing drain in southwest Delhi’s Dwarka area on Wednesday morning.
According to the police, the victim, identified as Laxmi Kumari, was missing from her residence located in Bindapur’s Uttam Vihar area since February 19. Though sexual assault could not be ruled out at the moment, sources said they suspected personal enmity could be the reason behind the incident.
“Her father, Dharamvir Gupta who is a welder by profession, had lodged a missing person complaint with us when she didn’t return from her tuition class till late in the evening on February 19,” said Sharad Aggarwal, deputy commissioner of police (southwest).
Laxmi, a class two student at a local MCD school, had left her residence for the said class at 4pm on the fateful day.
Her startled parents approached the local police after all efforts of trying to locate her proved futile, the police said.
“We fished-out her body from a flowing drain, known locally as the ‘ganda nala’ in Dwarka’s sector 5 at 1pm on Wednesday. There are no injury marks on her body,” said a senior police officer from the investigating team.
Police said the victim’s clothes, school bag and other miscellaneous items were recovered from her possession after her body was fished out.
“We were also able to recover her water-bottle and a pair of slippers from near the edge of the said drain. The body was rushed to the adjacent Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital where her post mortem will be performed on Thursday,” the officer said.
The victim’s family hails from Bihar and had migrated to the capital five years ago.
“We have registered a case and are investigating the matter. Since there are no external injuries on her body, the cause of her death can only be ascertained after post mortem examination,” DCP Aggarwal added.