Neighbour held for rape, murder of 16-year-old

New Delhi, Aug 1 (IANS) A 25-year-old garment sewing unit owner has been arrested for killing a 16-year-old girl by setting her ablaze after raping her, police said on Monday.

The accused, Danish, was arrested on Sunday from his residence in east Delhi’s Gandhi Nagar.

Deputy Commissioner of Police Rishipal said that Danish burnt the girl on July 28 to destroy evidence of rape. He was the girl’s neighbour.

“The girl’s partially burnt body was found lying on a cot inside her second floor house. She had returned home from school at about 1 p.m. and was alone as her mother and brother had gone for work. The accused sexually assaulted her and then burnt her by pouring kerosene on her body,” the officer said.

The officer said they got a clue about Danish while interrogating one of the victim’s friends who informed that he sought sexual favours from her. “She had made allegations against Danish and his brother Ashu for sexually exploiting her,” the officer said.

The officer said that they have registered a fresh case on the allegation of the victim’s friend and arrested Ashu.

The officer said that Danish, who runs a small garment unit in Gandhi Nagar for sewing clothes, used to bully others in the locality to maintain his dominance.

–IANS

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