Police on lookout for accused in Jhalawar tribal girl’s rape, murder

Police are searching for the accused in the rape and murder of a seven-year-old tribal girl in Kamkhera region of Jhalawar, the home district of chief minister Vasundhara Raje.

The minor girl of the Bheel community was strangled to death after rape on Friday.

“Four police teams have been formed to nab the accused,” said Dharmaram, the station house officer of Kamkhera police station. “Forensic laboratory team, along with dog squad and senior police officials, are camping in the village (where the crime took place) to gather clues,” he said, adding that the police are yet to identify the culprit.

The girl was playing with her elder sister at her house when she went missing on Friday evening. “Family approached the police the same day, but the girl was not found till Saturday evening when her body was recovered from a maize field, around 300 metres from her house,” the SHO said.

A case has been registered in the matter under sections 302 and 376 of the IPC and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses (POCSO) and investigations are on. The postmortem report has confirmed the girl was raped and died of strangulation, Dharmaram said.

Meanwhile, Manoharthana MLA Kanwarlal Meena and former Congress MLA Kailash Meena have given ultimatum to the police and administration to arrest the accused within two days or else they would launch an agitation.

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