A seven year-old girl was raped and murdered by unidentified persons at Kakadgaon in Khargone district on Friday morning.
Her body was found on the banks of Veda River that flows through the village.
The girl's father told the police that she went to sleep with her three sisters after returning from a garba function on Thursday night. At 5am on Friday, a neighbour came to him and informed that the girl’s body had been found near the river.
The girl, a student of class 3, had injuries in her private parts. According to Khargone superintendent of police Amit Singh, the post mortem confirmed rape and murder.
After filing a case of rape and murder, the police have detained a few people for questioning.
"We are investigating the case. It seems the culprit was close to the family but we are investigation the case from all angles. The culprit will be arrested soon," the SP told HT.