“Yadav was seen with Afroz on the day of the incident and he accepted his involvement in the crime. We also found blood on his undergarment and have sent it for testing. The girl’s family had also seen them together. Yadav told us that he was present with the prime accused at the scene of the crime. He accepted his involvement during questioning. He will now be charged with section 376D (gang-rape) of IPC,” Deepak Kumar, senior superintendent of police, Ghaziabad, said.
The co-accused said that he saw Afroz and the girl going to the under-construction building after the latter had lured the girl into accompanying him.
“Inside the building, he threatened me with a knife and asked me to rape the girl. I attempted but could not. She tried to scream but he held her mouth tightly after which she became unconscious. He then raped her and I left them to resume my work. After some time, he came to me and asked me to help him shift the body to the loft,” Yadav said.
The co-accused said that the girl was raped on a room on the first floor, which also had a loft about 10 feet above the floor. The two accused used a ladder to move the body, the police said.
“He hid the body in the loft and also placed some bricks on the front side of the loft so that nobody could see it. Then, we both went back to the place where I was working, adjacent to the girl’s house,” he said.
Yadav is from Madhubani in Bihar and had come to Ghaziabad for work. Afroz is a former tenant of the girl’s family and was seen sitting outside her house around 5pm while a search was going on for the missing girl. When the girl’s mother asked him if he knew the whereabouts of her daughter, he laughed and went away. According to the family, he had asked the girl to fetch water and had lured her to the building on the pretext of giving her a cold drink.