In an incident which has generated a lot of anger, a two-and-a-half-year was brutally murdered, her eyes gouged out, after the parents of the girl failed to pay a loan of Rs 10,000.
Police have arrested two accused in the case. The incident took place in Tappal town in Uttar Pradesh.
Media reports said the girl’s body was found on June 2 in a dumping ground near her house, three days after she went missing.
The mutilated body was discovered after a pack of stray dogs had been spotted carrying what appeared to be human body parts.
Aligarh: Body of 2.5-year-old girl was found in Tappal area on May2. SSP Aligarh says,’Case of kidnapping was registered with police on May 31. Post-mortem report has revealed death by strangulation, no signs of rape, a case of personal enmity; 2 men arrested. Probe on’ (05/06) pic.twitter.com/DP0HaUzHsI
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According to police, the two accused, identified as Zahid and Aslam, were neighbours of the girl who was murdered.
Initial investigations suggest a case of personal enmity as the police found evidence of a few monetary dealings. The murder is suspected to have been committed over an argument regarding a sum of money given as loan.
“A case of kidnapping was registered on May 31. The accused have been arrested and they have confessed to the crime. It was a case of personal enmity and there is no sign of rape. The minor was strangled to death and her eyes were gouged out. The accused are in jail now,” said Senior Superintendent of Police Aligarh, Akash Kulhari told IANS.
A campaign has been started on social media asking for justice in the case. Many known celebrated artists and film makers have used social media to condemn the brutal killing.
Netizens uploaded photos holding placards, showing their support.