Body of an 8-year-old girl was found in a drain at a slum in Bhopal on Sunday. She was missing since Saturday night.
Police said circumstantial evidence suggests that she was raped before being killed. However, a firm conclusion would be drawn after the autopsy report, they said.
According to media reports, the girl’s father who found her body said that he called up the police around 8 pm on Saturday night but they didn’t lodge a complaint. “Some police personnel came to my house at about 11 am only after the intervention of the local corporate and only then a report was lodged,” he said.
‘She went out at about 8:30 in the evening and did not return. Her parents approached us and we started searching the child. The child’s body was found at 5 am on Sunday in the drain’ Additional Superintendent of Police Akhil Patel said.
Meanwhile, agitated residents staged a protest against police inaction and a police constable was suspended thereafter for dereliction of duty.
According to an initial post mortem report, the girl “died of strangulation after the rape,” ASP Patel told PTI.
“We are waiting for a detailed report. We have identified an accused and a police team has launched a search for him,” he added.
Further, 190 Kilometers away from Bhopal, Police detained two persons in connection with the rape and murder of a minor girl in Ujjain.
The girl was abducted while sleeping with her eight-member family at a brick kiln in Ujjain and stoned to death in Bhukhi Mata area on Friday.