4 years on, Nepalese man held for raping 6-year-old
Had Left Child To Die In Forest, Assumed Another Identity
New Delhi: Four years after a six-year-old child was abducted, raped and left to die in a forested area near Okhla, a Nepalese man has been arrested for the crime. The accused, Vijay Kumar Damai (49), had escaped to Nepal and assumed a different identity.
Police lured Damai back to Delhi on the pretext of giving him a job and arrested him. DCP (central) Mandeep Randhawa said the case was solved by a special team from Chandni Mahal police station comprising inspectors Binod Kumar and Rajeev Shah.
Around 4pm on August 10, 2015, the girl’s mother had gone to bring her daughter back from school when she was told that the child’s “grandfather” had taken her away around 1pm. The school staff described him as a man aged around 50. The mother became suspicious of a man living in the same building as hers as a tenant. The girl referred to him as “dada”.
When the mother rushed to his room, she didn’t find him or her daughter. She called her husband and they searched for their daughter, but to no avail.
The girl was later found ly➤ Vijay Kumar Damai poses as the grandfather of a six-year-old girl and kidnaps her from school
➤ He then takes her to a jungle near Okhla and allegedly rapes her
➤ Leaving her to die, Damai flees to Nepal. Cops launch a manhunt
➤ Girl later found severely injured, rushed to hospital and treated
➤ Damai declared a proclaimed offender,
ing in a pool of blood in the forested area near Sanjay Colony. A case of rape and attempt to murder was registered at Okhla police station. Several teams tried to locate the accused, but they later found out that he had escaped to Nepal. The team continued its effort to locate him in Nepal. Damai was declared a proclaimed offender by a court and a chargesheet was filed in June 2018.
➤ While probing other cases, police start tracing Damai
➤ They locate his whereabouts, deploy an informer
A few weeks ago, DCP Randhawa asked his teams to work on old and unsolved heinous cases. Damai was traced to his hometown in Nepal through an informer, who became friends with him and convinced him that his case was closed and he could arrange for a well-paying job in Delhi.
On September 28, Damai reached Daryaganj where police were waiting for him. ➤ Informer makes Damai believe that his case was closed, offers him a high paying job in Delhi
➤ Damai comes to a location near Daryaganj for interview, is arrested
During interrogation, he confessed to committing the crime. He disclosed that he used to work in a garments export house in Okhla and often provided financial aid to the girl’s family. The girl’s father had abused him on a few occasions, so he decided to rape the child to teach him a lesson. Over the past four years, he had worked as a tailor in Kathmandu, Bhutwal and other places in Nepal.
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