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Father names suspect in Tirthahalli case

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‘My daughter had identified the youth as one of the abductors’

The father of the 14-year old girl, who died after allegedly being kidnapped and sexually assaulted in Tirthahalli, on Saturday alleged that a 20-year-old youth of the town had played a key role in the alleged abduction.

Addressing a press conference in Bengaluru, the girl’s father named the youth and said: “My daughter had identified the youth, who had been dropping her friend to school regularly as one of the abductors. She told me that the youth, who was working in a textile shop, was one among the three who pushed her into the car.”

He claimed that his daughter had told him that the miscreants had partially emptied her water bottle and forced her to drink from it. However, he said neither his daughter nor he knew whether the miscreants had mixed anything in the water. He also claimed that his daughter had told him that the miscreants had “tortured her in the car”. “No parent should experience such a trauma that we are facing,” he added.

While admitting that he had committed a mistake by not filing a complaint immediately after the incident, he said: “After speaking to my daughter, we learnt that there was only a failed attempt to sexually assault her. So we decided against going to the police.”

Asserting that the handwriting in the death note was not his daughter’s, he said: “Never did she use red ink. There is discrepancy in the way initials are used in the letter. Her sister’s name is Nidhi, and her name was mentioned in the note, but later cut,” he said.

To another question, he said neither was he under pressure from any political party nor would he identify himself with any party.

Grilled

Meanwhile, the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) probing the incident, subjected a youth to intense grilling on Thursday evening.

In the complaint lodged with the police, the girl’s father had alleged that his daughter was abducted and molested on Anandagiri Hill on the morning of October 29. According to highly placed sources, the youth had been questioned as his mobile calls confirmed his presence in Anandagiri when the crime allegedly took place.

A forest guard is said to have found two notebooks that belonged to the victim in Anandagiri and had handed them over to a grocery shop near Tunga College in the vicinity. The investigating officers visited the grocery shop on Thursday and seized the notebooks.

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