Victims were Uzma (3) and her brother Arman (5)

A three-year-old girl and her five-year-old brother, who had gone missing from outside their house at Khajuri Khas in Delhi on Tuesday evening, were found brutally murdered in New Usmanpur on Wednesday. The five-year-old was the only male child in the joint family of six brothers.

Uzma and Arman, one brother among eight sisters, were playing outside their house when they were last seen by their paternal aunt Mehrunnisa around 4 p.m. She gave them some money to get eatables and thereafter the children went to their uncle’s house nearby. They were told to go back home, following which they went missing.

Realising the children were not around, the relatives started looking for them in the nearby localities. They also enquired from neighbours and friends, but to no avail.

Their father Akram then lodged a missing complaint with the police, based on which a case was registered and efforts initiated to trace the two children.

Around noon on Wednesday, the police received information about the bodies of two children lying behind some bushes in New Usmanpur, not far from the victims’ house.

“We contacted the family for identification. The children’s uncle visited the spot and confirmed that they were his nephew and niece. The father also identified the victims, after which the bodies were taken to the mortuary for post-mortem,” said a police officer.

A crime team visited the spot to collect forensic evidence.

Although circumstances suggested that an attempt was made to sexually assault the girl, the police said the nature of injuries inflicted on the children will be established by the post-mortem report.

“Their father has not raised suspicion on anyone so far. All possible angles, including suspected role of some person close to the family, are being probed at this stage. It is a big family of six brothers and the boy was the only male child,” said a police officer.

Akram, who is in the construction business, had eight daughters and one son.

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