One of the alleged killers, Rinku Sahu, was recently out of jail after doing time for kidnapping a child and attempting to kill her in 2015.
Rinku and his friend Kailash, both in their 30s, allegedly told the police they gang-raped the child over a whole day and strangled her because she wouldn’t stop crying. Her body was found on Tuesday in a plastic bag behind bushes amid garbage, around four km from the railway station. The body was without the head, which is still missing.
Last Friday, the girl was sleeping next to her mother at the Tatanagar railway station when she went missing. CCTV footage showed a man in t-shirt and shorts, believed to be Rinku, walking away with the sleepy child in his arms.
A few hours later, her frantic mother went to the police. She reportedly told them she suspected her partner, the man she had left her husband for and traveled with from Purulia in Bengal. Monu Mandal, who was with her at the platform, is among the three arrested and is being investigated for child trafficking.The security footage helped the police track down the main suspects. “I just picked her up and took her and by mistake. I fell. and I got scared,” Rinku Sahu told reporters.
Rinku Sahu is a repeat offender, the police say, even though his mother is a constable. A father of three, he had allegedly kidnapped and assaulted many children before. Kailash’s father is a jawan posted in Jammu and Kashmir.