Emboldened at not having been found out, two gang members returned to the same place the next day and kidnapped two more children, aged seven and 10. This time, the kids were smarter and gave the abductors the slip. Still driven by their sinister design, they pressed on and found a three-year-old girl playing outside her house. They kidnapped her, raped her and left her to die. Luckily, the child survived.
This was when the police got to know. They visited the homes of the victims, spent hours there, counselled the distraught families and stitched together identikits of two of the accused. This led them on to two men in their twenties, who were arrested. A third% accused is on the run. Those arrested have been identified as Mohammed Sadab,20, and Mohammed Mia, 19. The third accused on the run is %Irfan.
Meantime, investigators got news of another six year old being raped at Model Town on Thursday. It’s not known if the same gang is behind the Model Town crime, but the possibility is not being ruled out.
On September 25, two children of a construction worker went missing from Khajoori Khas, joint commissioner (southeast range) P Kamraj and additional CP (southeast) V V Chaudhry briefed. Mia offered them biscuits and took them to Usmanpur forest where Irfan joined in. At night, the two men gave the children food. They then raped the three-year-old girl and sodomized the five-year-old boy. When the traumatised and bruised children began crying, they rapists throttled them and smashed their faces with bricks.
The next day, Mia returned to the same area adjoining Bhajanpura at Gamri Extension. The third accused, Sadab, was given the task of kidnapping children. He first tried to abduct a seven-year-old girl. She began shrieking and calling for help. As a youth rushed towards him, Shadab threw the girl to the ground and fled.
Some 15 minutes later, Shadab tried to kidnap a 10-year-old boy. But he fought back, Shadab couldn’t control him and let him go. Some minutes later, he tried to kidnap him again but he %slipped away. The accused then kidnapped a three-year-old girl offering her sweets. They took her to a nearby DJB office near Usmanpur and raped her. They then left her to die in a garbage dump.
“We talked to the 10-year-old who helped us to draw sketches of Mia and Shadab. Based on the portrait, we launched an extensive search in the area. We nabbed two of the accused. Hunt for the third accused is still on,” said an officer.