A 12-year-old girl was bludgeoned to death by unknown persons in Midla village under Kotwali Jhabua at Jhabua district after she reportedly went missing on Thursday afternoon, the police have said.
After grisly act, unidentified accused buried her on the bank of pond situated on the outskirt of village.
According to the Kotwali Jhabua police station in-charge SS Baghel the body with its head smashed by a stone was exhumed in presence of sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) Ambaram Patidar on Friday morning and sent to hospital for post-mortem.
Baghel added that police got missing complaint on Thursday evening after her family members returned home from neigbouring state Gujarat and couldn’t find the girl at home.
Villagers informed them that she went out to tend goats. However, in the evening her parents and other villagers started a search in the village and outskirt after the goats returned back without the girl. After which they lodged her missing complaint with the police.
On Friday, some villagers spotted her clothes on the bank of a pond on the outskirts of the village.
They also saw one freshly dug pit. Sensing foul play, the villager immediately informed the police. Police dug a pit in presence of SDM Patidar and exhumed the body from pit.
Later the police registered a case against unidentified accused under Section 302 (murder) and 201 (disappearance of evidence of offence) of Indian Penal Code.
When asked about the reason behind the murder or if police rounded anyone in the case, Baghel said it is too early to comment about any physical assault on the girl as police is still waiting for her post mortem report.
“We have registered a case against unidentified person in the matter and have initiated investigation,” Baghel said.