The Ghaziabad police on Wednesday arrested a 26-year-old man who allegedly raped a seven-year-old girl from Punjab who had come to Loni to attend a wedding. The girl had to undergo surgeries and is on ventilator support at a Delhi hospital.
The accused, Anil Kashyap, is a distant uncle of the girl’s and had fled to Maharashtra by train soon after allegedly assaulting the girl on April 27. The girl was found the next day, nearly 10 hours later, in a pool of blood in a nearby jungle area in a semi-conscious state. She was later admitted to a hospital in Delhi and is undergoing treatment.
“The accused lured her on the pretext of giving her some sweets and took her nearly 400 metres away from the site of the wedding reception. There, he beat her up when she tried to shout and raped her. After the incident, he unknowingly left an ‘angocha’ (towel) at the scene of the crime and fled to New Delhi railway station. From there, he boarded a train to Maharashtra and was hiding at a relative’s house,” said Srikant Prajapati, circle officer (Loni).
While the three police teams were scouring Maharashtra, the accused fled to Ghaziabad, from where he was planning to go to Baghpat, his hometown. He was nabbed before he could make an escape.
“After he fled, police teams scanned nearly two dozen videos taken by those who had come to attend the wedding. They found that one person was wearing the ‘angocha’ that was found at the scene of the crime. Our teams started locating nearly 200 guests and the man was missing from his house in Baghpat, which raised our suspicion,” Prajapati said.
“He confessed to committing the crime. We also recovered his bloodstained clothes that he wore on the day of the incident. We have also collected several pieces of evidence from the scene of the crime, which will be sent for DNA testing,” he said.
However, the police are yet to subject the accused to an identification parade due to the girl’s condition. They said that the identification parade will be done once she recovers.
District magistrate Ministi S has recommended senior police officials to levy the provisions of the National Security Act against the accused. The accused, allegedly, had also severely beaten up the girl when she tried to resist his attempts.
On Sunday, Swati Maliwal, the chief of Delhi Commission for Women, had visited the girl at the hospital, after which she wrote to the UP chief minister to provide her financial help and also to take strict action against the accused.