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Bengal man, who allegedly tortured and raped 3-year-old girl, nabbed from UP

Police had earlier arrested the girl’s mother who was having an affair with the accused.

cities Updated: Jul 31, 2017 14:19 IST
KAUSHIK DUTA
KAUSHIK DUTA
Hindustan Times, Kolkata
Uttar Pradesh,Purulia,Minor
Representative image(HT File Photo)

West Bengal police on Monday arrested the 62-year-old man accused of allegedly sexually abusing and torturing a three-year-old girl in Purulia by piercing needles in her body from Uttar Pradesh.

The child died on July 21 after she was made a “voodoo doll” by Sanatan Thakur, a retired home guard who inserted seven needles in her body.

Police officials said Thakur was nabbed from a small temple of Pimpri at Sonbhadra in Uttar Pradesh.

“He was hiding disguised as a monk. We got specific information about his hideout at a small temple at Pimpri, following which a team of Purulia district police rushed there and arrested him. We will bring him back on transit remand, following which he will be produced at the court,” said a senior official of Purulia district police.

Police earlier arrested the girl’s mother Mangala Goswami, who worked as a domestic help in Thakur’s house and was in a relationship with him. She was allegedly allowing him to torture her daughter.

Goswami had initially taken the girl to the district hospital after she fell ill on July 11. After doctors informed the police after they found several marks of injury on her body and she was referred to Bankura Sammilani Medical College Hospital.

She was then sent to Kolkata’s government-run SSKM Hospital, where doctors operated her upon her and extracted seven needles from her body. The needles were found inside the girl’s liver, urinary bladder, kidney, vagina, and lower abdomen.

Though the police arrested Goswami the day after the girl died, Thakur went absconding. Goswami, who is currently in judicial custody, started working as a maid at Thakur’s house after she was abandoned by her husband.

“Still it is not clear to us as to why she, being the mother, allowed Thakur to conduct such inhuman treatment on her own daughter. We will place Mangala and Thakur face- to- face and interrogate them together, before filing the final chargesheet,” the district police official said.

Police have charged Goswami under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012, as well as for murder.

First Published: Jul 31, 2017 14:19 IST