HYDERABAD: In a grueseome act, a 23-year-old construction worker raped and killed a five-year-old girl from his neighbourhood at Narsingi on Tuesday afternoon. He smashed her head with a boulder.
The culprit, Dinesh Kumar Dharne, 23, is a centring worker from Aryamitra Labour Camp at Alkapuri Township in Narsingi and a native of Kalimati village in Balaghat district of Madhya Pradesh.
A year ago, Dinesh came to the city to eke out a living as a construction worker. After working for four months at Aryamitra construction site, he returned to his native place. Two days ago, he again returned to the camp and joined as a centring worker.
The victim's father also works as a centring worker at the same construction site and the family too has been staying at Aryamitra Labour Camp.
Around noon on Tuesday, Dinesh, who knew the victim's family, went to her house. "Dinesh took the girl to a grocery store after informing her mother that he will buy her a chocolate. After a few hours, the victim's mother saw Dinesh in the colony alone and asked him about her daughter," Narsingi inspector G V Ramana Goud said.
Dinesh told her that he had dropped the girl long time ago near the house and tried to convince the woman saying that the child might be playing somewhere nearby.
Accused joined search
Neighbours and the girl's family members started looking for the girl in the camp. Dinesh also joined the search.
As the girl could not be found till evening, her mother lodged a complaint with Narsingi police at 5.30pm and a kidnapping case was registered.
Police called Dinesh for questioning. On interrogation, he confessed to have raped and murdered the girl.
After buying the girl a chocolate, Dinesh took her to an isolated area nearby and raped her in the bushes.
As the offender assaulted her twice, gagging her using his hands, the child victim became unconscious. Fearing that she might tell her parents about the assault, Dinesh killed her by throwing a boulder on her head, the inspector said.
Based on his confession, police recovered the body in the wee hours of Wednesday and charged the culprit under Sections 366, 376-A, 302 of the IPC and Section 5 r/w 6 of the POCSO Act. He was sent to judicial remand.
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