A 10-year-old girl was allegedly raped and murdered by a man who was released from jail only a few days ago in Secunderabad on Saturday evening.
Police identified the suspect as Anil Kumar, a 30-year-old man accused in eight murder cases, based on security footage. They are now on the lookout for him.
According to the police, the girl went missing from outside her house where she was playing on Saturday. Eyewitnesses reported they saw Kumar lead the girl away saying her father was calling her.
Security camera footage from a nearby local toddy shop showed Kumar carrying the child.
The girl was taken to an isolated place where she was raped and later strangled to death.
Police found the girl near the railway tracks in the cantonment area in Bolarum, Secunderabad, on Sunday morning. The head was smashed in by a boulder, apparently to prevent identification.
The body has been sent for a post-mortem examination.
The girl was the daughter of Ramakrishna, a daily wage worker from Kalasiguda who lived in the Secunderabad cantonment area.
According to police, Kumar was released from Sangareddy jail just a few days ago after serving a year’s sentence.
A case has been registered under the relevant sections for rape and murder of the Indian Penal Code and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POSCO) Act.