Investigation into the mysterious death of an eight-year-old girl, whose body was found on the Bangalore-Mysore railway tracks earlier this year, has revealed that she was raped and murdered.

On railway tracks

According to the police, Vonkita, a Class 2 student of Government Primary School in Kengeri, went missing on the evening of March 3. Her body was found on the railway tracks between Kengeri and Hejjala railway stations on March 4.

The City Railway police had registered a case of unnatural death and sent the body for autopsy. The autopsy report received on Thursday revealed the child was raped and murdered.

The police suspect the rapist had strangled her when she had screamed for help on the night of March 3. The City Railway police transferred the case to the Kengeri police, who have now registered a case of rape and murder and are looking for the perpetrator.

Vonkita was the daughter of Amol Shah, a daily wage labourer in a body-building workshop in Kengeri. Mr. Shah is a native of Kolkata and has been living in Bangalore for the past eight years. The Shahs and a dozen other families from West Bengal reside in a colony in Babusapalya, near Kengeri, the police said.

According to the police, Vonkita left her house around 7 p.m. on March 3 after her mother gave her a Rs. 10 note to buy coriander leaves from a neighbourhood shop. She never returned.

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