Pune: A four-year-old girl was brutally murdered by two persons who had planned to demand a ransom of Rs 5 lakh from the girl’s father after kidnapping her.
The deceased, whose body was found in a partially decomposed state in Akola on Tuesday, has been identified as Tanishka Amol Arude, a resident of Sainagar in Wadmukhwadi, Charholi.
As per Amol’s complaint, Tanishka had come back from school and was playing near their house when she went missing on June 28. Officials of Dighi police started their probe to find the girl. After a few days, the police received information about the involvement of one Shubham Jamnik (21) from Wadmukhwadi, Dighi and Pratik Sathle (23) from Akola. The police officials then arrested the duo. During interrogation, they revealed that they were planning to demand a ransom of Rs 5 lakh from Amol for his daughter.
Senior Police Inspector Khanderoa Khaire of Dighi police station said the accused kidnapped the girl and kept her in a friend’s room. “On the same day, June 28, the accused used a pillow to smother her as they could not handle her. The accused then took the girl’s body to Akola and tried to burn it before burying it,” added Khaire.
A team of Dighi police reached Murtijapur in Akola on Tuesday and recovered the girl’s body. “The dead body was partially charred and has been sent for autopsy. We will be handing over the body to the girl’s family,” Khaire said. The accused were arrested under sections 363 (Punishment for kidnapping), 201 (Causing disappearance of evidence of offence) and 302 (murder) of the Indian Penal Code.
The police said Pratik earlier stayed in Sainagar and knew Amol, who has a shop in Dighi. The police investigation team included Police Inspector Rajendra Kale, Police Sub Inspectors Harish Mane and Shivaji Bhujbal and policemen BS Toke, Rakesh Boyne, Vasant Gaikwad, Vinod Tandle, Baban Banve, Sanjay Pavle, Dinesh Domale, Shekhar Shinde, Dhananjay Bhosale, Shashikant Nangre and Ravi Nade.