Mathura: Following the advice by a Hindu tantric, a man raped and killed four minor girls and was on look to rape and murder three more girls! This chilling revelation came after a man identified as Sonu was arrested by the police earlier this week.
Sonu reportedly told police that the tantric had told him that to cure his wife he needed to sexually assault and kill seven minor girls in all.
Incidentally, Sonu is the friend of Lalua Balmiki who on Tuesday had been dragged out of a police station in Mathura and lynched by a mob of about 100 men. The mob had attacked Lalua after accusing him of the rape and murder of a 12-year-old girl.
Police said that Sonu further told them that in his dark deeds it was Lalua who aided him. Sub-inspector Omkar Sharma of Farah police station in Mathura, tasked with guarding Sonu from angry mobs as he recuperates from injuries at the SN Medical College in Agra, said the man had confessed to the murder of the 12-year-old girl whose brutalised body was found in the bushes outside Parkham village early this week.
“A girl about 14 years old was raped and murdered on November 23, 2010. She had arrived in the village for a wedding but never returned to the venue after wandering out. The second was a child, just four years old. She was killed in 2012. Her body, with the head smashed in with a large stone, was recovered in the village. He (Sonu) said the third girl was a nine-year-old. He did not recall the date of that murder,” Omkar Sharma said. The 12-year-old was the fourth victim.
SSP Mathura, Rakesh Singh, admitted that in the three earlier incidents, cases had been registered at the local police station though villagers alleged that these were not the only murders the duo had committed.
The 12-year-old whose body was recovered on Tuesday was from the Thakur caste. Since Sonu and Lalua are Dalits, the matter has now taken a caste colour. Most of the men who set upon the duo were from the higher caste.
On Thursday, Sonu’s parents said besides lynching Lalua, the upper caste group had also set their home on fire. “We have been forced out of the village, we have nowhere to go now,” said Shyamlal, Sonu’s father.
On Wednesday, police lodged an FIR against 100 unnamed men for dragging Lalua out of police lock-up and lynching him. Four policemen were suspended for laxity at work.