Five-year-old girl raped, murdered in Kolkata suburb

January 1st, 2009 - 4:28 pm ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, Jan 1 (IANS) The body of a five-year-old girl, who was raped and murdered, was found inside a sack in a suburb here, the police said Thursday.”Five-year-old Ankita Manna’s body was found Thursday morning inside a sack dumped beside a pond at Lake Town,” local Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) Suvankar Bhattacharya told reporters.

“Seeing the condition of the naked body, we suspect that she was raped and then strangled to death by unidentified people Wednesday night. But the truth will be revealed only after we get the post-mortem examination report,” Bhattacharya said.

Ankita had gone to see the fireworks display at a local New Year’s Eve party with her father Wednesday night. Her father, who is an auto rickshaw driver, fell ill suddenly and went home, leaving her alone, the police officer said.

“After some time when Ankita’s mother went to the party to take her home, she was not present there. Her parents lodged a complaint at Lake Town police station the same night,” Bhattacharya said.

Meanwhile, locals of Lake Town area put up a road blockade Thursday morning demanding immediate arrest of the culprits.

“The mob was pacified and situation came under control after we promised them that prompt and proper action will be taken against the criminals. We have already started investigation and hope to identify and arrest the culprits soon,” Bhattacharya said.

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