A taxi driver in Ghaziabad's Khoda colony has been arrested for raping a 5-year-old girl before murdering her on August 2. Police say 32-year-old Deepak Thakur was drinking and watching porn when the girl wandered into his room. Thakur is a native of Agra and was renting a room from the girl's family for the last year.
Investigators say Thakur raped the girl, a student at LKG, and then smothered her to death when she tried to scream for help. Thakur then packed the young girl's body into a plastic bag and dumped it over the roof of the house.
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Vaibhav Krishna of the Ghaziabad police said, "The accused has admitted that he murdered the girl after raping her. To mislead investigators, he visited the police station with the girl’s family when they went there to file a missing person complaint and also helped the family in their search a day later. He then fled the house leaving the doors open."
After dumping the body, Thakur returned to his room and cleaned it before buying dinner. In his admission, Thakur said, "As I was having drinks, the girl arrived. I was watching porn on my mobile phone for nearly 40 minutes. I caught hold of her when she came to my room. Then I locked the room from inside and switched off the lights and assaulted her. When she started to scream, I smothered her by holding her mouth and nose till she fell unconscious."
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Thakur continued, "I was afraid of what I had done and went to sleep. Around 11.30pm, her father came and asked me to lock the doors which I had left open. Later, there was a hue and cry over the missing girl and I decided to go to the police station with her family. Before that, I moved the bag to the roof of the adjacent house. The next day, I helped them make loudspeaker announcements in an auto."
Police said Thakur was married three years ago and had a son who turned one on August 4, the same day his victim's body was found." Ghaziabad police said, "Deepak fled to Delhi on August 3 and continued driving his car for the cab aggregator. On August 4, when he came to know that his name had cropped up in the probe, he fled to Bulandshahr where he stayed with his friends but did not tell anyone about the incident."
Investigators are using forensic analysis to examine the scene of the crime and filed charges of abduction, rape, and murder against Thakur as well as the destruction of evidence under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses Act.
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