When police in Delhi's neighbouring Gurugram solved the rape and murder case of a three-year-old girl, little did they know that it will lead them to shocking revelations about kidnapping, brutal torture, sexual harassment and murder of eight children. An unemployed 20-year-old man, arrested on charges of raping and killing a three-year-old girl on November 11 in a slum area of Gurugram, has confessed to meting same fate at least eight other girls aged between three and seven in New Delhi and three other cities over the past two years.
The accused, identified as Sunil Kumar, told the police that four of his victims were from Delhi, three from Gurugram, and one each from Jhansi and Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh.
According to reports, Kumar used to abduct young girls either from near bhandaras (community feasts) at religious places or from slum areas when their parents were away for work.
He would then brutalise his victims by breaking their limbs so that they cannot resist his advances or escape.
Kumar confessed to later raping and killing them. The police are reportedly verifying his claims.
In the case of the three-year-old, whose case led to the arrest, the victim was subjected to brutality during rape causing severe injuries to her private parts, media reports said. She was hit with a heavy object and died due to head injuries, they said. She was abducted from a slum cluster in Sector 66 on November 11.
According to the accused, he has previously kidnapped a girl from outside a temple on Sohna Road in November 2016 and another girl at Civil Lines in January last. Both the girls were raped and murdered.
How he was caught
A report in The Hindu says that after extensive investigation, the police had learned that the wanted criminal liked to pick up girls from community feasts outside religious places, thus they laid a trap for him at three different occasions before he was caught. “We had information that he preferred to eat at community feasts at religious places and slept on the roads. We conducted three community feasts on November 13, 22 and 24 laying a trap for him,” Gurugram DCP (Crime) Sumit Kuhar told The Hindu.
The senior police officer told the daily that on the earlier two occasions, the police had no clue but this time around he was seen luring the victim. He was also captured on a CCTV camera at a group housing society along with his victim and his relatives also provided his picture. He was nabbed from at UP’s Magapur village on Monday. Sunil was produced before the court in the afternoon and remanded in eight days police custody, the police said.