Mohammed Sadab, 20, and Mohammed Mia, 19, were arrested for sexually assaulting a three-year-old girl and leaving her at a garbage dump to die on September 26, a senior police official said.
The duo had kidnapped the victim from Gamri Extension and took her near the garbage dump in Usmanpur. “Both of them raped the child and then threw her in garbage dump,” ACP (North East district) V V Chaudhary said.
Police spoke to children in the locality for clues and came to know from two children that a young man had unsuccessfully tried to forcibly take them away.
Based on their description, a sketch was prepared and 52 people were detained whose appearance matched with the sketch, the ACP said.
Of these 52 suspects, police zeroed in on two persons. Sadab, a resident of Jaiparkash Mohalla in Usmanpur, was picked up as his presence was established during the cross- checking of his location at the time of crime.
He confessed to his crime after sustained interrogation and said he along with his friend Mia, a resident of Sri Ram Colony, Khajuri Khas, had committed the crime, the ACP said.
Mia was also arrested on October 1 and he too confessed to his crime.
“Both the accused said they had planned to kidnap and rape a child on September 26. They tried to kidnap a seven-year-old girl but were unsuccessful, then they tried to kidnap a 10-year-old boy but failed again,” Chaudhary said.
“Then Sadab searched for a younger victim. He kidnapped the three-year-old girl and took her to Mia. Both raped her and thereafter left her at a garbage dump,” the ACP added.
Mia also confessed to his involvement in sexually assaulting two children — a five-year-boy and a three-year-old girl — from Khajuri Khas, police said, adding that he had then murdered the two victims later.