Gu­jarat man held for killing 70­yr­old, rap­ing 3­yr­old

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - Front Page -

AHMED­ABAD: An au­torick­shaw driver was ar­rested in Ra­jkot for rob­bing and killing a 70-year-old woman and then rap­ing and mur­der­ing a three-year-old girl in less than 24 hours last week, po­lice said on Wed­nes­day. Of­fi­cials said Ramesh Vaid­hukiya killed Asma Sadikot in Parabazar area on Fe­bru­ary 7 and fled with her jew­ellery. The po­lice, who ar­rested Vaid­hukiya on Fe­bru­ary 10 in con­nec­tion with the case, learnt about his in­volve­ment in an­other crime af­ter a three-yearold’s body was found near Chu­nar­wada the next day.

AHMED­ABAD: An au­torick­shaw driver was ar­rested in Gu­jarat’s Ra­jkot for rob­bing and killing a 70-year-old woman and then rap­ing and mur­der­ing a three-yearold girl in less than 24 hours last week, po­lice said on Wed­nes­day.

Of­fi­cials said Ramesh Vaid­hukiya, who is in his 30s, killed Asma Sadikot in Parabazar area on Fe­bru­ary 7 at around 6pm and took a gold chain and ear­rings from her body.

The po­lice, who ar­rested Vaid­hukiya on Fe­bru­ary 10 in con­nec­tion with loot­ing and killing of the el­derly woman, were not aware of his in­volve­ment in the sec­ond crime as the three-year-old’s body was found from PTC Ground near Chu­nar­wada the next day. The po­lice found out that Vaid­hukiya was in­volved in both the crimes on Fe­bru­ary 13 dur­ing the course of their in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“With help of CCTV footage, we got visu­als of a man tak­ing the lit­tle girl in an auto. He had worn the same bracelet that Vaid­hukiya was wear­ing. Be­sides, the method used for killing was sim­i­lar too. Based on this, Vaid­hukiya was grilled and he con­fessed to the other crime as well,’’ deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice (Zone-II), Karan­raj Vaghela, said.

Po­lice said Vaid­hukiya bought al­co­hol on Fe­bru­ary 8 from the money he got by sell­ing off one of the ear­rings he took from Sadikot’s body. He then kid­napped the girl from Chu­nar­wada and took her to PTC Ground, where he raped her twice be­fore smash­ing her head with a stone. The par­ents of the girl are mi­grants from Jhabua in Mad­hya Pradesh.

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