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Rape & murder by neighbour

Alipurduar, Feb. 27: The body of a Class VI girl who was allegedly raped by a neighbour last night was found in a garden today.

A resident of the area, Kishore Naskar, said the girl’s father while returning home from the market last evening met his neighbour Albert Toppo. He told Albert to take a cauliflower he had bought from the market and drop it at his house.

When Albert reached the house, he met the worker’s 13-year-old daughter and offered her a ride on his cycle.

The child knew Albert and agreed.

“I returned home at 8.30pm and heard that my daughter was missing. We started looking for her. Even Albert expressed concern,” the father said today.

This morning, workers at Mathura Tea Estate spotted the girl’s body tied to tea bushes.

The girl’s brother and two other boys told the police they had seen her with Albert.

Akash Magharia, the additional superintendent of police, Alipurduar, said: “Albert Toppo has been arrested. Preliminary investigation reveals that it is a case of rape and murder.”

A police officer said Albert was being questioned.