New Delhi: The Gujarat High Court on Friday pronounced death penalty for a convict in the Surat rape and murder case, stated news agency ANI. The man was arrested from Buxar district in Bihar for raping and killing a three-year-old girl in Gujarat’s Surat on October 14, 2018, stated a report quoting officials.

The main suspect in the case, Anil Yadav, was arrested by the Gujarat police team on October 19, 2018 under the Dhansoi Police Station limits. Speaking to news agency PTI over the phone, Buxar’s Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) Satish Kumar had then noted, “Although the accused was a resident of Itarhi Police Station area, he had been staying away from home.” Kumar further added that the Gujarat police team had finally nabbed Yadav after camping in Buxar for two days.

The three-year-old girl who was raped and murdered had gone missing from her house in Godadara locality of Surat last year. Her body was recovered from a locked building in the area on October 16. Yadav had lived on the ground floor of the building while the girl’s family, from Maharashtra, lived on the first floor. The suspect had confessed to the police that he was drunk on the day he raped and killed the minor girl, stated the Superintendent of Police Upendra Nath Verma, as per news agency PTI.

In yet another case, a court in Odishas Keonjhar district on Thursday awarded death sentence to a 20-year-old man named Sunil Kumar Naik for raping and murdering a three-year-old girl. Additional District Court-cum Special Court Judge Lokanath Sahu pronounced capital punishment to 20-year-old Sunil Kumar Naik after convicting him for rape and murder of the minor girl on January 13, 2017. Naik was booked under various sections of IPC and Section 6 of the POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences) Act.

(With agency inputs)