Ghaziabad: The main accused in the rape and murder of a five-year-old child was arrested on Monday. Afroze, who has been on the run for 17 days, was arrested in Bihar's Khagaria district on the charge of stealing a three-wheeler, the police said. His accomplice, Ramashish Yadav, was arrested on April 4.
P K Tripathi, SHO of Indirapuram police station, said, "We have received confirmation from our Bihar counterparts that Afroze is the prime accused for raping and killing a five-year-old girl in Kanwani on March 31. He was arrested by officers of the Parbatta police station in Khagaria district, Bihar, for vehicle theft."
Tripathi said, "Our team has been camping in the area for the last 17 days to nab Afroze and were informed of the arrest. When they reached the police station they confirmed Afroze's identity."
On March 31, Yadav and Afroze lured the child using wafers and juice they had bought to an under-construction building 300 metres away from her home. Later that night the child's body was discovered on the building premises. According to the police, she was gang-raped by the two men who strangled her.
The girl's father said Afroze and Yadav were close friends. "Afroze was my tenant and had vacated my house two days before the crime. The duo came to my house on March 31 and asked for a glass of water, which was given by my daughter," he said.
Four days later, the police arrested Yadav who admitted that he and Afroze had lured the girl and killed her after committing the crime. The incident had acquired a communal hue in the area following which police officers were deployed to prevent any untoward incident.
Later Noida MLA Pankaj Singh visited the victim's house and demanded the immediate arrest of the accused.