An 18-year-old has been arrested for the rape and murder of a five-year-old girl in Adityapur on September 19.
Ajay Bandra lived next door to the victim.
Sub-inspector Rajesh Prakash Sinha of RIT police station said Ajay confessed to the killing and described the events that led to the crime following his arrest on Tuesday.
According to Sinha, who is also officer-in-charge of RIT police station, the child had gone to visit a Ganesh Puja pandal that evening. “While she was returning home, Ajay took her to his house, luring her with the promise of sweets. Once the others at home had gone to bed, he took the girl to the backyard and raped her in a bush,” said the officer.
The accused tore off the victim’s clothes and clamped a hand on her mouth to stop her from screaming, gagging her in the process. “The child died of asphyxiation,” said the officer.
After the body was discovered, police recovered a pair of sandals from the spot where the murder took place. It was the footwear that gave the police the first lead.
“We tried to find out who the shoes belonged to. After grilling a number of youths, we spotted one who tipped us off that they might belong to Ajay, who worked as a truck cleaner. The youth also informed about the shop at Dindli Market from where Ajay might have bought them. We raided his house and took him to the shop where the salesman confirmed that he had bought the sandals. We then interrogated Ajay, leading to his confession,” the officer in-charge said.
The sub-inspector said they would forward him to judicial custody on Wednesday.
The body of the five-year-old was recovered from the backyard of her house at Kuluptanga, a slum under RIT police station area of Adityapur in adjoining Seraikela-Kharsawan district on September 20.