Nirmal: A minor girl Spandana, 10, was raped and killed by Thokala Praveen, 27, and Ganesh, who are intermediate second year students, in Soan mandal headquarters in Nirmal district on Saturday.
The incident came to light on Sunday though the girl went missing on Saturday afternoon. The accused took the girl on a bike and promised her to give her food. It is suspected that the accused killed the girl by smashing her head with a boulder after raping her.
The accused is also a native of Soan mandal headquarters. Police have taken another person involved in the rape and murder into custody.
Police suspect the involvement of two more people and are investigating that angle too.
The girl’s body was found in the bushes in Koochanapalli which is just 2 km away from the mandal headquarters.
Police took the accused into custody. Later, the accused took the police to the crime scene and confessed.
It is learnt that the accused took the girl to a secluded place in Koochanapalli, which was vacated by villagers who shifted to the mandal headquarters.
Villagers staged a dharna and rasta roko on NH-44 demanding that the police handover the accused and let them mete out punishment. Parents and relatives of the girl posted her photos online stating that she was missing and appealed to them to provide information if they see the girl.
In the past in Nirmal town, a boy was kidnapped and sacrificed to appease the evil forces by treasure hunters and sorcerers in the Nirmal fort....