The district police on Thursday morning arrested a man for rape and murder of a 6-year-old girl here.
According to senior superintendent of police (SSP) Mukhwinder Singh, accused Kala Singh, 40, a resident of Fatehabad district in Haryana, was a distant relative of the victim and had come to attend a marriage ceremony at her native village Alampur Mandra.
The family found the victim missing on Wednesday evening. They looked for her everywhere, but her whereabouts were not known. They informed the police about the disappearance of the girl.
The family was informed by some people on Thursday morning that the victim was last seen with the accused after which the cops arrested him from Boha.
“After his arrest, he confessed that under the influence of alcohol he had taken the child to a nearby canal on Wednesday evening and raped her. She was later strangulated and buried near the canal. Then we recovered the body and sent it for postmortem to the civil hospital,” said the SSP.
The accused has been booked under sections 364 (kidnapping or abducting in order to murder), 376 (punishment for rape), 302 (murder) of IPC along with sections 3, 4, 5 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.
The cops had a tough time in controlling the family members of the victim as the entire village was tensed over the incident. “They were demanding immediate arrest of the accused after which they would allow the body to be sent for postmortem. Later, our senior officers convinced the family and we managed to carry the body to the civil hospital,” said a cop.