Gaya erupted in anger against deteriorating law and order situation on Wednesday morning following the recovery of the body of an eight-year-old girl who was abducted from the Gewalbigha locality of the town late on Tuesday evening.
Police said the body of the girl, apparently raped, was found abandoned in a bush near the Magadh University VC's official residence. The area, also being the back side of the DM's residence spread over 15 acre of land, is otherwise regarded as the most protected part of the town falling under the Rampur police station area.
Police had to use force to clear the National Highway-83 before the arrival of CM Nitish Kumar for a review meeting of the development work in Magadh division. The protesters also burned tyres and torched a bike.
The victim's mother lay on the highway, demanding justice. She was subsequently put in an ambulance and driven to the Anugrah Narayan Magadh Medical College & Hospital (ANMMCH), where the girl's body was kept for postmortem. The protests continued for nearly three hours till noon.
According to Magadh police range DIG Vinay Kumar, the culprit has been arrested. He has been identified as Chhotu, a resident of the Gewalbigha locality where the victim lived.
Asked if the victim was also raped, the DIG said only the medical report could make things clear on this point.
ANMMCH principal Dr Sushil Mahto said a four-member medical board comprising a general surgeon, gynaecologist, forensic science expert and a pathologist was constituted to conduct the postmortem examination of the girl. "The postmortem will be videographed," he said and refused to hazard a guess on whether she was sexually assaulted or not.
A police source quoted the girl's family members as saying that three children (two boys and one girl) aged between 8-10 years were abducted on Tuesday evening. The abduction was noticed only when these children did not reach home.
"The girl's body was recovered on the basis of Chhotu's confession. He also helped police find the two abducted boys, Suraj and Ankit. They were injured and abandoned near Khiriawan village under the Bodh Gaya police station area," a police officer said and added the boys had been admitted to the ANMMCH.
According to ANMMCH superintendent Dr S K Sinha, one of the boys had serious head and nose injuries and was referred to Patna for specialised treatment. The other boy is out of danger, he said.