Mumbai, Jan 15: The Mumbai Police on Sunday arrested three out of four men in connection with gang-rape and murder of a four-year-old minor girl. Four men, who are reportedly in their 20s gang-raped a minor and buried the body in a nullah in Bhayander area of Mumbai on Thursday. The accused men have been booked for gang-rape (IPC section 376 D) kidnapping and murder while the fourth accused is absconding.

The four-year old Bhayander girl went missing while playing outside her chawl on Monday. Police team, including crime branch officers carried out search to nab the murderers. After investigation, police informed that the four men were drug addicts and were known to loiter in the locality.

As per TOI report, the little girl stayed with her parents in Azad Nagar, Golden Nest, Bhayander (east). As soon as the news of her missing was known to the family members, they launched a search along with the police. The autopsy conducted at the J J hospital confirmed that the child was sexually abused.

A kidnapping case was filed with the Navghar police following the missing of the little girl. TOI reported that the minor’s body was found in a secluded riverbed behind the Golden Nest Complex on Thursday. Her body was buried in muck but her limbs were visible.

As per report by TOI, the police informed that the main accused took the child to the secluded spot where the three others were waiting and then later gagged her mouth and raped her. As the girl began crying, the main accused assaulted her with a sharp weapon on the head when the minor collapsed and died. Knowing that they have committed a heinous crime, the four men then carried her body to the nullah and and covered the body.

During November last year, a 15-year-old girl was gang-raped by her classmates. The classmates also filmed the crime on mobile phone and circulated the video to their friends on WhatsApp messenger. The incident came into light when the victim’s aunt was informed about the Whatsapp video after which she approached Mumbai police seeking their help. In another similar incident, a 28-year-old woman was gang raped by eight men in Amboli area of Andheri in Mumbai. The woman was out house hunting with her husband when the incident took place. Seven out of the eight accused have been arrested.