Gu­jarat cops ex­tend probe to other states to iden­tify vic­tim

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - HTNATION - HT Cor­re­spon­dent

AHMED­ABAD : Gu­jarat po­lice on Mon­day reached out its coun­ter­parts in Odisha for help in es­tab­lish­ing the iden­tity of a mi­nor girl who was raped and mur­dered ear­lier this month.

The body of the girl, be­lieved to be be­tween nine and 11 years old, was found in a field at Pan­desara in Su­rat city lim­its on April 6.

Gu­jarat min­is­ter of state for home Pradipsinh Jadeja on Mon­day con­firmed re­ports that the vic­tim’s body had 86 in­jury marks, in­clud­ing those on her pri­vate parts.

“She was stran­gled to death. The post-mortem in­di­cated that the girl was tor­tured and raped for at least eight days,” Jadeja told re­porters in Gand­hi­na­gar.

Po­lice have not ruled out the pos­si­bil­ity that the mi­nor may be from Gu­jarat. Su­rat po­lice com­mis­sioner Satish Sharma said, “The area where the body was re­cov­ered is an in­dus­trial belt and has many mi­grants from Odisha. That is the rea­son we con­tacted Odisha po­lice. We are also con­tact­ing other states.”

Min­is­ter Jadeja said Odisha po­lice were asked to go though com­plaints re­lated to miss­ing chil­dren filed be­fore April 6. He added that Gu­jarat po­lice had so far gone through 8,000 com­plaints re­lated to miss­ing chil­dren from Gu­jarat and other states.

The Su­rat crime branch has taken over the in­ves­ti­ga­tion. On Sun­day, Su­rat res­i­dents took out a can­dle march de­mand­ing jus­tice for the girl.

Tushar Ghe­lani, a Su­rat-based busi­ness­man, an­nounced a cash re­ward to the tune of ₹5 lakh for pro­vid­ing in­for­ma­tion re­lated to her iden­tity. Po­lice too an­nounced a re­ward of ₹20,000 for in­for­ma­tion that would help iden­tify her.

Mean­while, Su­rat’s Akhil Bharatiya Vid­yarthi Par­ishad (ABVP) pres­i­dent Bhu­san Wankhede lodged a com­plaint with the city po­lice against a so­cial me­dia post that claimed Haresh Thakur, a mem­ber of the stu­dent or­gan­i­sa­tion, was the cul­prit. “There is no­body named Haresh Thakur in the ABVP. The so­cial me­dia post was cre­ated to de­fame the ABVP and mis­guide peo­ple,” said Wankhede.

MI­NOR RAPED IN RAJKOT

Gu­jarat po­lice ar­rested a res­i­dent of Rajkot, on Mon­day for al­legedly rap­ing a nine-year-old girl thrice.

The girl’s mother lodged a com­plaint on Sun­day. She al­leged that Bhar­wad made her daugh­ter watch porn be­fore rap­ing her.

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