Three persons, including a woman, who were arrested last month for allegedly murdering an eight-year-old migrant girl, are set to walk free as an inquiry found them to be innocent.
The three were arrested after the police claimed that it was a case of “witchcraft” and “human sacrifice”.
The accused, Gunjan; and two daily-wage workers Prem Chand and Dhananjay Kumar, were living on the same street as the victim.
With the three receiving a clean chit, the mystery around who killed the girl has surfaced again.
The inquiry conducted by an inspector-rank official who had submitted his report with senior police officials and the same has been accepted.
After careful scrutiny of the CCTV footage recovered from the site, the police concluded that the three who were arrested were not the ones who were seen in the footage.
The CCTV footage showed that three people (whose faces were not visible) were entering a house carrying a bag at around 11.41pm, a day before the body was found.
Requesting anonymity, an official told HT that the team is working to nab the real murderers and will put them behind bars soon.
The victim had gone missing two days before her partially burnt-decomposed body was found at a vacant plot, a few metres away from her house. The body was half-naked and her hands had been either chopped off or eaten by the unidentified stray animal.
Earlier, a kidnapping case was registered against Raman Kumar, whom family first suspected when the girl went missing. Kumar was arrested three years back for attempting rape on the same girl. But later the police found he had no connection with the case.
A medical board of three doctors had ruled out any sexual assault on the victim.
After getting the information of the crime, police commissioner Arpit Shukla, his deputy Harjit Singh, additional deputy commissioner of police (ADCP investigation), Vivek Sheel Soni (ADCP-I) Jasvir Singh, ACP North BIS Kahlon and others rushed there and initiated the probe. They had even conducted a hurried press conference and named the three as the accused.