PILIBHIT: Police succeeded in working out the case involving rape and murder of an 8-year-old Dalit girl when she was returning to school from home after she had been sent by her teacher to fetch the school fees.
Police arrested four men for the crime and for destroying evidence. The main accused is an 18-year-old boy. Sections of the SC/ST Act have been added to the FIR, officials said.
The half-undressed body of the girl, a student of class III in a private primary school in Khirkiya village of Barkhera block, had been found on November 4. The girl had gone missing after a teacher had sent her back home on November 3 to fetch her monthly school fees. The autopsy report had mentioned the girl was sexually assaulted before being strangled. According to the SHO of Bisalpur Kotwali police station, SK Singh, police arrested the four suspects on Wednesday after getting leads on them. The accused were identified as Mohan Singh, 18, of Marauri village under Bilsanda police station; Tota Ram, Kamlesh and Raja Ram, all from Katakwara village under Barkhera police station. According to the ASP, Ram Suresh Yadav, Mohan Singh is the main accused and a close relative of Raja Ram. Mohan was living with Raja Ram at Katakwara since Diwali. Raja Ram is a village guard associated with Barkhera police station. According to Mohan, he found the girl on the village road while she was returning to school. He then chased and caught her, and dragged her to a sugarcane field in Katakwara. After sexually assaulting and murdering her, he fled to Bareilly after leaving the body in the field.
Katakwara and Khirkiya villages are adjacent to each other. The field in which the crime was committed is owned by Tota Ram. On the advice of Raja Ram, Tota Ram and his son Kamlesh moved the body to a field in Khirkiya village to avert police inquiry and action.
"Mohan is an accused under sections 376 (rape), 377 (unnatural sex) and 302 (murder). Tota Ram and his son have been booked under sections 201 (disappearance of evidence) and Raja Ram under section 120B (criminal conspiracy). The SC/ST Act will be invoked equally on all four accused," the ASP added.