Pune, June 16: Malhari Bansode, a 22-year-old man allegedly abducted and raped a one-year-old girl before killing her in Loni Kalbhor village in Maharashtra. The man is under police custody. On June 14, the accused allegedly picked up the girl while she was sleeping next to her parents in the open in Loni Kalbhor village.

The body of the missing girl was recovered yesterday morning. A medical examination revealed that she was sexually assaulted before her head was smashed against the ground.

“At midnight, the family members, including her parents, realised that the girl was missing and they started searching for her. Subsequently, a missing complaint was registered,” a senior officer of the Loni Kalbhor police station said.

“During the investigation, we found a CCTV footage in which a man was purportedly seen taking away a girl. Our detection team zeroed in on the accused and during interrogation, he confessed to raping and killing her,” he said.

The girl’s family hails from Tamil Nadu and her parents and their relatives work as labourers in the area, the police added.

A case has been registered and Bansode has been booked under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act.

In another incident, a three-year-old girl was allegedly raped by a 20-year-old man in Bhosari in Pune on May 2. The accused was arrested by the police on the same day. A case under the POCSO Act and Section 376 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), along with other relevant sections were registered by the police.

(With agency inputs)