Delhi: Seven-year-old murdered, body packed in box and dumped in drain
The girl’s limbs were tied. Initial investigations revealed the girl was strangled. The police ruled out sexual assault but were waiting for her autopsy report to confirm it. A case has been registered.Updated: Jun 29, 2017 00:33 IST
The decomposed body of a seven-year-old girl who was missing since June 21 was found on Wednesday inside a box dumped in a drain in northeast Delhi’s Usmanpur, police said.
The girl’s limbs were tied. Initial investigations revealed the girl was strangled. The police ruled out sexual assault but were waiting for her autopsy report to confirm it. A case has been registered.
Investigators suspect that the girl was kidnapped, murdered and her body was stuffed in a box that was later dumped in the drain.
A police officer said the girl lived with her family in Gamri village near Shahdara. She was a Class 2 student at a government school.
On June 21, around 10 am, the girl and her three sisters left home to visit their aunt’s home in the same locality.
While her sisters stayed back, the girl left. But she did not return home till late evening. Her family members started looking for her in the nearby areas but could not locate her.
They approached the local police and filed a missing complaint. A case of kidnapping was registered.
“Our teams made efforts to search the missing girl. We alerted other police stations and shared her photographs and other details. But she could not be found,” said the officer.
On Wednesday, around 10 am, the police control room received a call about a box floating in a drain at Kartar Nagar area in Usmanpur. The caller claimed a human leg was dangling out.
The box was opened and a girl’s decomposed body was found. The police then matched the clothes of the deceased with the clothes the missing girl was wearing. The missing girl’s family members were called in and they identified her as their missing daughter.
“We suspect the role of somebody known to the girl. The case is being probed from the personal enmity angle,” said the officer..
First Published: Jun 29, 2017 00:32 IST