New Delhi, August 21: A 22-year-old man who allegedly abducted, raped and killed an 11-year-old girl was arrested in Uttarakhand’s Uttarkashi district on Tuesday. Hindustan Times, in its report, cited police saying that the accused carried out the horrible act “in rage” as the girl’s elder sister ignored his love proposal. Also Read - 2021 Haridwar Kumbh: In a First, Number of Pilgrims to Be Restricted; Entry Passes to Be Issued

According to police, Mukesh Lal alias Bunty lived in the same neighbourhood in the village as the victim. The victim already knew the man because he used to tame mules along with her father. Moreover, Mukesh Lal belonged to the same community as that of the girl. Also Read - Fossil of Newly Discovered Ape Species, Dating Back 13 Million Years, Unearthed in Uttarakhand

Mukesh Lal visited the girl’s home on Friday night and abducted her youngest sister instead since she was not available in the house. Also Read - Top Five Destinations Near Delhi-NCR That Are Safe For Travel Amidst COVID-19

“In the initial investigations, it has been found that he was in a one-sided love affair with her 17-year-old elder sister. He was a jilted lover as her sister had refused his proposals in the past after which he committed the crime out of rage,” Hindustan Times quoted deputy inspector general of Garhwal range, Ajay Rautela, as saying.

“When he came to her house and didn’t find her, he out of rage abducted the 11-year-old and raped her before strangling her to death,” stated a police officer. On conditions of anonymity, the police officer reportedly told Hindustan Times that the girl had escaped to her grandmother’s house after the man threatened to abduct her.

Police officers state that the accused has committed the crime alone, without any accomplice. While the police have arrested the accused, the legal procedures in the case are still pending.

On Saturday morning, the victim’s body was found lying on a culvert in the village. Enraged over the incident, locals held rallies demanding outsiders to not enter the village in search of employment opportunities.

Meanwhile, the police denied the involvement of outsiders in the case.