Three held for Surat rape, murder

Elias Hubbard
Апреля 21, 2018

The 11-year-old girl who was raped and murdered, and whose body was found near Jiaav-Budhiya road in Pandesara in Surat on April 6, belonged to Rajasthan and was allegedly "bought", along with her mother, as a bonded labourer. Earlier today, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani had announced that the Surat Police had held three persons in the heinous case.

The police have also initiated a probe to ascertain if the body of a woman, which was found in the same locality in the same period, was that of the girl's mother.

As per reports, all accused hail from Rajasthan. An investigation has indicated that the woman was the girl's mother, Jadeja said. Both the accused have been detained, reported the Times of India.

The girl was held captive in Harshsai's house in Surat for nearly 7-8 days, police said, adding that he beat her with belt and stubbed cigarettes on her. "We will carry out a DNA test", Jadeja said, adding: "We will appoint a special public prosecutor to pursue the case in a fast-track court". When she stopped coming to work, from March 20, co-workers asked Harshsai about her whereabouts. The daily mentioned sources as saying that the person, who purchased the mother-daughter duo, sexually exploited both of them.

He said she has gone missing and that he was taking care of the girl.

According to the Surat Crime Branch, which is probing the case along with Ahmedabad Crime Branch, the breakthrough came from CCTV footage which showed that on the night of April 5, two cars had passed through the spot from where the girl's body was found the next morning. Police had later registered a case under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. "He said she had gone missing in October past year", said Surat Police Commissioner Satish Sharma. The case was finally cracked after police zeroed in on CCTV footage of a black vehicle moving suspiciously in the area.

Police officials said that a DNA sample had been sent to verify the man's claim.

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