NEW DELHI: A day after the body of a missing was found in an empty plot in Nihal Vihar, a 21-year-old youth and his have been for the and murder of the child. The girl’s family had blocked the main road in on Monday morning demanding the two accused be handed over to them.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (outer) Seju P Kuruvilla said the accused, Rajender alias Satish, a nursing help with a private clinic, had been arrested in a case of kidnapping and raping a 16-year-old girl in 2016. His father, Ram Saran, has also been arrested as an accomplice.
The girl and her younger sister had gone out on Saturday night to a nearby eatery to have chowmein. However, they found the shop closed and were returning when they were stopped by a drunken Rajender. He told her sister to go away, took the girl to his room on the fourth floor of the building and raped her.
When the child started screaming, he strangled her with a nylon rope so that he could escape unidentified. His father entered the room and saw him committing the crime. They then decided to dump the body in a nearby DDA plot. They tied the limbs of the girl with the rope and stuffed the body in a cloth bag.
At night, when the girl’s family was searching for her and inquiring with their neighbours, the duo took the body on a scooty and quietly dumped it in the bushes. Rajender then left home and hid at a friend’s place.
A team led by inspector Sukhbir Malik scanned footage from more than 200 CCTV cameras from around the plot to identify the suspects. They also checked the dossiers of criminals with a history of sexual offences.
When Ram Saran was interrogated to probe his son’s involvement, he told police what had transpired. Subsequently, Rajender was arrested. Cops are probing if he had assaulted other children in the area.