The five-year-old minor who was raped and murdered was adamant in fetching water for ‘bhaiya’ (brother), a 19-year-old former tenant who is also the accused, despite her mother telling her to stay inside the house to avoid the summer heat. The girl even told her mother that providing water to others is a noble act.
“This was the last time I spoke to her. When I told her not to go out, she told me that offering water is a noble act. So, I could not stop her and she went out... but she never came back,” the victim’s mother said.
The girl’s body was discovered on Friday night in a loft on the first-floor room of an under-construction building, which is around 30 metres from the victim;s house. The loft was around 10 foot high.
“The accused used a ladder and stacked bricks around her body to hide it. Maybe he had planned to dispose of the body at night by dumping it into the river (Hindon) that flows nearby. When we were searching for her, he was sitting outside our house, around 5pm. When we asked him about the girl, he laughed. He absconded after that,” the girl’s grandfather said.
The family said that it had no inclination why the man had laughed and then fled the spot.
“She called him ‘bhaiya’ (brother) since the beginning, when his family was our tenant. When her body was found, the police came and took her away saying that she was alive and immediate treatment should be given. However, she had no breath. Her post-mortem analysis and her last rites were hurried up. Her father was pressurised into completing all procedures soon,” the victim’s grandmother said.
The family members said that Pankaj Singh’s visit has given them hope of seeing the accused receive punishment for his crime. “Pankaj Ji stayed here for nearly 30 minutes and listened to us patiently. He promised us that he will ask the district magistrate to visit us. We even want ‘Yogi Ji’ (UP CM) to look into the matter and provide us justice. We are a simple family and have not allowed locals to act out despite our suffering. We only want justice,” the girl’s grandmother said.
The locality is on tenterhooks as the incident has left locals agitated. A large contingent of police personnel is camping at the site since Friday night.