Greater Noida Police said on Wednesday they have found loopholes in the statement of the minor girl, who was allegedly raped and set on fire by her boyfriend early on Monday at Tigri village.
Police said they have not found any proof that the accused, Ajay Sharma, 18, carried kerosene from his house to commit the crime.
“The investigation is in its primary stage so it’s better not to comment on any conclusion. At least five litres of kerosene oil was used in the incident. We are still investigating how a gallon of kerosene reached the roof of the victim,” Ashwani Kumar, who is in charge of the Bisrakh police station, said.
Ajay was arrested under relevant sections of Indian Penal Code (IPC) on Monday and was sent to 14 days in judicial custody.
The victim’s family has alleged that Ajay had come to meet the girl at around 2am on Monday on the roof of their house where he raped her and then set her ablaze before fleeing the spot.
“In his statement, the accused said that the girl tried self-immolation and he tried to douse the fire. He had also shown his hands, which had burn injuries, which he claimed occurred while trying to save the girl. He said the girl was wearing a nylon suit which caught fire immediately and he was not able to save her,” a police official, who did not wish to be named, said.
Police said they have deployed only two PCR vans to keep vigil as no untoward incident was reported in the locality after the incident.
“There is no tension in the village and life is normal. People have understood that this was an incident of crime and has nothing to do with communal tension,” Kumar said.
The 16-year-old girl is admitted at the burnt ward’s intensive care unit (ICU) of New Delhi’s Safdarjung Hospital with more than 60% burn injuries.
The families of the girl and the accused hail from Bihar and live in rented accommodations at Tigri village.
The girl’s father, a tailor who runs a shop in the locality, said the family complained about Ajay repeatedly peeping into their house around 10 months ago.
“But his family promised that he will not disturb us again, so we did not follow the complaint,” the girl’s father said.