Gurgaon: 3 accused of raping, murdering 10-year-old attacked in jail
The three men were arrested on February 13 on charges of abducting a minor, raping and killing her. The accused, who are alleged to be drug addicts, are accused of raping the child for three days before killing her and partially burning her body.gurgaon Updated: Feb 24, 2017 18:06 IST
Three accused of raping and killing a 10-year-old girl from Wazirabad slums were assaulted by fellow inmates on Wednesday night inside the Bhondsi jail in Gurgaon.
Initial reports suggested that it was a hate crime, but the jail authorities denied such reports saying that the accused were attacked after an argument over food.
The accused, identified as Ejaz Malik, 26, Mukhtar Ali, 30, and Jalil Ahmed, 22, all hailing from West Bengal, sustained minor injuries in the scuffle.
They lodged a police compliant against the attackers after which they were taken to the civil hospital for a medical test.
Jail authorities said the accused had a tiff with other inmates over food after which a group of about eight inmates assaulted them. They sustained injuries on the face and head. They were brought back to the jail after first-aid.
“There is nothing to suggest that they were attacked out of hatred. The prisoners had an argument over food after which the trio was attacked. The jail staff intervened on time. They did not have serious injuries and were taken to the hospital only for a medical test as they had lodged a complaint against the attackers,” said DD Tanwar, deputy jail superintendent.
Tanwar said the complaint has been forwarded to Bhondsi police station for necessary action.
The three men were arrested on February 13 on charges of abducting a minor, raping and killing her. The accused, who are alleged to be drug addicts, are accused of raping the child for three days before killing her and partially burning her body. The girl had gone missing from a slum in Wazirabad village on January 16 and was found dead at a under-construction building in Saraswati Kunj on January 24.
The trio had abducted the victim in a black Skoda sedan, in which Ejaz was employed as a driver. The accused, after committing the crime, returned and even offered condolences to the family members.
First Published: Feb 24, 2017 17:15 IST