A 21-year-old youth was arrested for allegedly raping and murdering a 13-year-old girl in Gaura village of the district, the police said on Wednesday. The incident took place on Tuesday.

Santosh Kumar (21) was nabbed at dawn on Wednesday while waiting to board a train from Ludhiana railway station to his native place in Bihar, said Senior Superintendent of Police Mandeep Singh Sidhu said.

The girl, a resident of the village, had gone for tuition on Tuesday. When she failed to return, her family informed police, after which a search was launched. Her body was found in the fields with severe injury marks on the head.

Santosh had been stalking the victim for the past one month. He attacked her when she was returning home from tuition, Mr. Sidhu said. — PTI