New Delhi: A 22-year-old man was arrested from his in-laws' house in Muzaffarpur in Bihar on Saturday for allegedly raping a five-year-old girl here five days ago with investigators suspecting that he fled the capital within an hour of committing the crime fearing the victim had died.
Manoj Kumar, a labourer in a garment factory in northeast Delhi, was apprehended from Chiknouta village, about 50km from Patna, at around 2am, Prabhakar, deputy commissioner of police (east), told reporters here.
Kumar told police during initial interrogation that he fled the house in east Delhi's Gandhi Nagar at around 7pm to catch the 8.30pm Swatantrata Senani Express for his hometown thinking that the girl has died.
Piecing together the sequence, investigators now believe that the girl might have been kidnapped around 6pm and raped and brutally assaulted allegedly by Kumar and he left the place around 7pm.
"Kumar told us that he left the house thinking that the girl was dead ... The girl was inside the house for 40 hours," Prabhakar said.
The girl's mother had told police that the victim, who was playing outside their home, went missing around 6pm and if the versions of both the mother and Kumar are to believed, the abduction and the brutal rape of the victim took place within one hour.
"We have got the transit remand of Kumar. He is being brought to Delhi. We will have to interrogate him to ascertain the facts," Prabhakar said.
Kumar, who got married an year ago, came to Delhi with his father Bindeswar Sahi, who runs a juice shop in Old Seelampur, about 15 years ago. He had two brothers and four sisters who are staying in Bihar.
Kumar told police that he reached his native village on April 16 evening and then the next day, he went to his in-law's place.
Asked whether any other person was involved in the incident, he said they have to interrogate Kumar to know about the involvement of others.
On allegations that no woman constable accompanied the girl when she was taken to hospital, he said the MLC has recorded the presence of the two women constables at the time of incident.
On when Kumar had rented the accommodation, he said there were discrepancies in the statements given by the house owner and Kumar.
A case under section 188 CrPC has been registered against the house owner for not getting tenant verification.
Delhi Police had slapped attempt to murder section against Kumar on Friday, who is also allegedly involved in a trespass case.
Prabhakar said that they have slapped sections 307 (attempt to murder), 376 (a) (rape), 362-A (kidnapping) among others of IPC and 6 and 9 of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences ( POSCO) Act, 2012 against Kumar.