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Truck driver held for Tonk child rape-murder

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Victim was assaulted and strangled to death with her belt

The Rajasthan police on Monday arrested a 40-year-old man on charges of rape and murder of a minor girl at Kherli village in Tonk district. The child’s body was recovered from bushes in an isolated area near the village on Sunday.

The six-year-old girl student was earlier reported missing when she did not return from her school long after a sports competition. The condition of her body suggested that she was raped and strangled to death with her school belt which was tied around her neck. Liquor bottles, snacks and bloodstains were also found at the spot.

Tonk Superintendent of Police Adarsh Sidhu said that the accused, Mahendra Meena — a truck driver who resides in the same village — took the victim from her school to an isolated area on the pretext of giving her toffees and committed the crime.

“Mahendra killed the girl because he feared that the she would narrate the incident to her parents and reveal his identity,” Mr. Sidhu said. The accused was in an inebriated state when he committed the crime, after which he fled and was planning to go somewhere outside Rajasthan, he said.

The police collected crucial evidence from the crime spot and also used sniffer dogs to trail the accused. He was caught in a forest area near the Uniara town and brought to Aligarh police station for interrogation, where he admitted of having raped and killed the minor girl.

Minister of State for Women & Child Development Mamta Bhupesh met the victim’s family in Kherli village on Monday and handed over a cheque for ₹2.50 lakh as an initial financial assistance from the State government. State Commission for Protection of Child Rights chairperson Sunita Beniwal accompanied the Minister.

Won’t be spared: CM

Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said the minor girl’s rape and murder was “highly condemnable and shameful”. “The accused of the heinous crime will not be spared,” he tweeted. The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights has also sought an action-taken report from the State government.

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