2 yo brutally murdered, body dragged from garbage by dogs

YB WEB DESK. Dated: 6/7/2019 1:33:01 PM

An incident that has left humanaity ashamed has happened in Aligarh. Stray dogs pulling at what appeared to be human body parts from a garbage dump alerted residents of a town near Uttar Pradesh's Aligarh to a horrific crime. The mutilated body of a two-year-old girl, missing since May 30, had been found.
The child was killed by neighbours who had a loan dispute with her grandfather, the police say.

The Aligarh police say the child was strangled but the post-mortem has not confirmed rape. An arm and a leg were broken. The police said her eyes were not gouged out, as her family alleges, but appeared so because the body was heavily decomposed.

The child's body was found close to her home on the outskirts of Aligarh. The two men arrested for the murder, Zahid and Aslam, lived less than half a km away and knew the family well. So brazen was their act of "revenge", say the police, that they left the body at the garbage dump near their house.

The police say Zahid had taken a loan of Rs. 50,000 from the girl's grandfather and still owed him money, over which the two had a fight on two days before the child was kidnapped. Zahid, the girl's family alleges, had threatened revenge for his "humiliation".

On May 30, the child vanished from right outside her home. Her parents, neighbours and relatives searched for her through the night before reporting her missing the next morning.

Three days later, a woman who picks up trash screamed when she saw dogs nibbling at what looked like a little body wrapped in a cloth.

Given the gravity of the case, it will be investigated under the National Security Act (NSA), an anti-terror law that enables detention of suspects who pose a threat to national security for a year, say the police. Five policemen have been suspended for negligence.

The family and relatives of the child blocked roads in protest on Thursday and had to be pacified by senior police officials. The protesters have reportedly demanded that other family members of the arrested men also be arrested for the murder.

Congress chief Rahul Gandhi tweeted: "The horrific murder of a little girl in Aligarh, UP has shocked and disturbed me. How can any human being treat a child with such brutality? This terrible crime must not go unpunished. The UP police must act swiftly to bring the killers to justice."

Shiv Sena leader Priyanka Chaturvedi tweeted: "Just can't get over the 3 year old's murder in Aligarh. How despicable a human the accused must be to have done something as heinous to her. As a society we continue to fail our children-their safety should be our priority, change of mindset towards our girls a necessity.

Actor Abhishek Bachchan said he was "disgusted and angered". "How can somebody even think of doing such a thing? Speechless..." he tweeted.


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