A five-year-old girl was sexually assaulted and strangled to death by a migrant worker in Kerala’s Ernakulam district. The accused dumped her body in a sack and led the police to the crime spot a day later, cops have said.
The accused was arrested last night but retrieving information from him took hours since he was in an inebriated state, said police even as search operations continued overnight.
The daughter of a couple from Bihar went missing last evening after she was seen being taken away by the accused in a CCTV footage.
“In the CCTV footage, we found Asfaq Aslam, who is from Bihar, taking the child with him. We took him into custody at 9.30 pm. He was not in a conscious state so we waited for a while and then interrogated him the entire night,” said Ernakulam (rural) SP Vivek Kumar.
The accused confessed to the crime on Sunday morning and showed where he had taken the child, said the Superintendent of Police.
The accused lived in the same building as that of the girl and took her away after promising to her buy her juice, said police, adding that she was brutally assaulted. He used garbage and sacks to cover her body after dumping it in a marshy area, added the police.
The migrant worker was arrested based on the CCTV footage but interrogation was delayed as he was intoxicated. Locals too had informed seeing the girl with him at a nearby market area.
Meanwhile, as the search operation gained momentum through the night, social media was flooded with information to help trace her.
The Kerala police today apologised to the girl’s family on social media for failing to reunite her with them. However, the state police chief has rejected the opposition charges of lapses on behalf of the investigators.
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