The seven-year-old missing girl, whose decomposed body was found 10 days ago inside a steel trunk dumped in a drain in northeast Delhi’s Usmanpur, was raped before the murder, police said. The police on Friday claimed to have solved the kidnapping, rape and murder case with the arrest of the girl’s 25-year-old neighbor.
AK Singla, deputy commissioner of police (northeast), said the arrested man, Ibral, has disclosed that after kidnapping the girl, he took her to his home and raped her. When the girl started crying and told him that she will tell her parents about the sexual assault, he panicked and smothered her to death. “Ibral claims that he was drunk at the time of the crime,” said Singla.
Fearing that leaving the girl’s body in home will land him in jail, Ibral changed the girl’s clothes, wrapped the body in a blanket and put it inside a trunk, said police. “He spent the night at home with the girl’s body in the trunk,” said a senior investigating officer.
The next morning, around 5am, he dumped the trunk near the fifth pusta drain in Usmanpur, the officer said.
“Seeing nobody around, Ibral threw the trunk in the drain, hoping that with the girl’s body weight the truck will submerge in the water,” the officer said. After dumping the body, Ibral returned home and continued his normal life. He even joined the girl’s parents in search for the missing girl.
Ibral went underground and stayed at different hideouts in Delhi and Loni until he was arrested from there on Wednesday night, police said.
The seven-year-old girl went missing on June 21 while she was playing outside her home in Gamri village near Shahdara. Despite efforts, neither the police nor her family members could locate her. On June 28, the police control room was informed about a trunk that was floating in a drain at Kartar Nagar area in Usmanpur. The caller claimed that a human leg was dangling out of the box. The trunk was opened and a girl’s highly decomposed body was found inside.