Ludhiana: After the rape news from Haryana, there are several incidents reported in Punjab also. As per media reports a six-year-old girl was raped and strangulated to death in the Basti Jodhewal area of Ludhiana on Wednesday morning.
As per reports police have arrested a suspect, Bablu Pandit (40), who works with a local caterer, for committing the crime. The body of the girl, who went missing on Tuesday evening, was recovered in the bush in a vacant plot near her house at Sanyas Colony, Noorwala Road, at around 7am. There were scratch marks on her neck and injuries on her face.
Basti Jodhewal station house officer (SHO) Mohammad Jamil said soon after she went missing, the family started a search for her and lodged a missing complaint at the police station around midnight.
SHO said that the body was sent to the civil hospital for post-mortem. The initial autopsy report has confirmed rape before murder. A case under Section 302 (murder) and 376 (rape) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) was registered against Bablu on the basis of the complaint by the victim’s father.
Jamil said Pandit was initially rounded up on the basis of suspicion as the neighbours confirmed that the victim was last seen with him.
The victim’s mother, a housewife, said Pandit lured her daughter out of their house by offering her peanuts on Tuesday evening. “That time I stopped my daughter. Later, when she was playing outside the house, Pandit offered her a samosa and even got her chips from a nearby shop. She went missing after that,” she said.