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Ghaziabad rape-murder case: Cab driver wanted police to suspect the girl’s uncle

The accused said he was sure that the police would suspect the victim’s uncle as the body was found on the roof of his house.

noida Updated: Aug 08, 2018 14:23 IST
Peeyush Khandelwal
Peeyush Khandelwal
Hindustan Times, Ghaziabad
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Deepak Thakur, the accused (in a red shirt), being escorted away by the Ghaziabad police after he was thrashed by the relatives of the five­year­old girl on Tuesday, August 7, 2018.(Sakib Ali/ HT Photo )

The 32-year-old cab driver, who allegedly raped and murdered the five-year-old daughter of his landlord in Khoda, left a series of evidence that was revealed during a forensic examination of the house. The man, however, fled on August 3, assuming that the owner of the house where he left the body in a plastic bag would be suspected.

Deepak Thakur was arrested in connection with the abduction, rape and murder of the five-year-old girl on the night of August 2. He was a tenant at her house.

“She often visited my house on the first floor and played with my one-year-old son. She would eat with us and was like a daughter to me. My wife and I would look after her as her mother suffers from kidney ailment and was on dialysis for nearly seven or eight months. My wife loved her a lot as well. After hearing what I did to the girl, she is not talking to me anymore; no one in my family is sympathising with me,” Thakur said.

He said that he never had any ill intention towards the girl, despite the fact that she visited his house many times. On the night in question, he was watching pornographic videos and drinking alcohol; he assaulted her when she came to his house around 8pm.

“She wanted a matchstick from me. I grabbed her immediately and switched off the lights. It was my son’s birthday on August 4 and I had planned to go to Mainpuri. The girl’s body was discovered the same day. I was sure that the police would suspect her uncle as the body was found on the roof of his house. Both brothers are not on talking terms. But when my brother called me from Khoda and asked me to come back, I realised that the police was after me,” Thakur added.

The police said that after finishing his cab assignments in Delhi, Thakur drove his Swift car through the lane beside the Jewar toll to evade CCTV cameras. Three police teams tracked his location.

“Deepak’s sister-in-law had recommended him as a tenant at the girl’s house. So no verification was done,” Dharmendra Kumar, SHO of Khoda police station, said.

The police dog squad had led investigators to Deepak’s room as well as the loft. A series of forensic tests established that the walls and floor of Deepak’s room had traces of blood. Besides, a bedsheet that he had thrown on the roof also had similar traces as well as spots of semen.

“Forensic tests and reconstructing the crime scene concluded that the entire incident took place in his room. The body was hidden in the loft and then thrown in a bag on the roof of the adjacent house. We were initially misled as the girl was seen in CCTV footage outside the house around 7.45pm. But forensics concluded Deepak’s involvement,” Vaibhav Krishna, senior superintendent of police, said.

Deepak fled first to Delhi and then to Bulandshahr. He also called up his wife and one of his friends to keep abreast of the police activity.

“One of the slippers of the girl was found in the bag, while the other was recovered from the loft on the instance of the accused. The bedsheet will be sent for DNA testing. All the evidence will help us make a strong case against the accused,” an investigating officer said.

First Published: Aug 08, 2018 14:22 IST