The residents said she was raped and killed by a man from a different community — further worsening the situation.
The girl, a priest’s daughter, was missing since Thursday. Police recovered her body from a half-constructed house.
The residents said she was raped and murdered by Afroz, a mason. The locals also alleged that though the girl was missing since Thursday, police did not swing into action and were apathetic towards the issue.
“We have registered the case and raids are being conducted to nab the culprit. The allegation of rape could only be confirmed after the post-mortem report,” said SP City Salman Taj Patil.
“But the crime is grave and we will arrest the culprit at the earliest,” he added.
Afroz had stayed in the priest’s house as a tenant but was asked to leave after a spat.
According to the residents, Afroz, who had moved to a nearby house, may have committed the crime to avenge the humiliation.
Tension gripped the entire area and heavy police force was deployed for extensive patrolling.