Pune child’s rape, murder: Police in a fog about who could have whisked her away from bed?
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Pune child’s rape, murder: Police in a fog about who could have whisked her away from bed?

The police have been questioning various people for two days now with no leads emerging yet

pune Updated: Oct 24, 2017 14:56 IST
Shalaka Shinde
Shalaka Shinde
Hindustan Times, Pune
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Police at the spot where the two-and-a-half year old girl’s body was found, behind Prayeja City. The girl was sexually assaulted as well.(Pratham Gokhale/HT Photo)

The Pune police continued questioning more people in the case involving the sexual assault and murder of a two-and-a-half year old girl in the Dhayari region of Pune.

The incident came to light between 1-1.30 am on Sunday morning when the parents of the girl called the police claiming she had been whisked out of the bed she was sleeping in. The police and the parents searched for the girl in the vicinity, but could not find her. Early on Sunday morning, her body was found a few metres from her house located behind Prayeja City residential building, close to Nanded phata in the Sinhagad road area.

The post-mortem report of the child’s body confirmed sexual assault and death by strangulation, according to Pravin Mundhe, deputy commissioner of police, zone 2.A case under section 363, 302, 376(i), 376(j), 376(a), 201, 364 of Indian Penal Code (IPC) and section 4 and 6 of Prevention of Children against Sexual Offence Act was registered against an unidentified person at Sinhagad road police station.

The police began questioning various people in the vicinity on Sunday and continued questioning several others on Monday as well, according to police Inspector (crime) BL Khodade of Sinhagad road police station. "We do not have suspects yet," he said on Monday evening.

The police has not recorded the statements of the girl’s parents yet, as they were in no condition to speak, Khodade said.

The Maharashtra State Commission for Women has asked the Pune police to file a detailed case report.

A letter to that effect was sent by Vijaya Rahatkar, chairperson of Maharashtra State Commission for Women to Rashmi Shukla, commissioner of police, Pune, on Monday

The law allows the state women's commission to independently probe cases related to women.

First Published: Oct 23, 2017 20:30 IST