Seven-year-old girl’s murder in Bangalore; Uncle, aunt arrested
by the Bangalore police into the kidnap and murder of a seven-year-old girl in
the Ashoknagar area on Wednesday has led to the arrest of the uncle and aunt of
the young child.
“The perpetrators of
the kidnapped and murdered seven-year-old girl, who was found dead on
Wednesday, are Salman (28) and his wife Shabareen (20) of Bharathinagar,”
Bangalore police commissioner Raghavendra Auradkar said here on Thursday.
The girl, a class two
student at the Shree Dhanraj Phoolchand Hindi High School on Victoria Road was
picked up from school on Wednesday at around 12.45 pm by her aunt Shabareen,
after she told the girl’s teachers that her grandmother had suffered a cardiac
However, the girl’s
elder sister Sheeba Ahmed, who is a teacher at the same school, was not
informed by the aunt of the seven-year-old being taken away.
Narrating the sequence
of events that led to the girl’s murder, Auradhkar said: “Later in the day, the
girl’s mother Sameera received a text message on her mobile stating that her
daughter was kidnapped and that her family must pay Rs 10 lakh as ransom for the
safe release of the girl.”
The child would be
killed if the police were informed, the text message said. The mother rushed to
her daughter’s school and learnt that a woman had taken her away at around
12.45 pm. On the basis of the description given by the teachers, Sameera
suspected that the woman could be her sister-in-law (the wife of her brother
According to the
police, Sameera called her brother Salman and asked him whether his wife had
taken the girl away. Salman said his wife had not gone to the school and joined
his sister in searching for the missing child. He also accompanied his sister
to the police station to file a complaint at around 5 pm.
On the basis of the
complaint, the Ashokanagar police formed two teams and began investigations. The
police started questioning him after they noticed him behaving suspiciously.
Salman later gave in to the pressure and confessed before the police that that
he and his wife had kidnapped the girl from school to claim a ransom. He told
the police that they murdered the girl at around 3.30 pm before joining his
sister in searching for the missing child.
Salman’s statement, the police went to the house of the accused in
Bharathinagar and recovered the body of the girl stashed under a cot The young
girl was strangulated to death by the couple, police said.
Police said that the
couple were aware that the father of the young girl Nasir Ahmed, a quality
control officer in a multinational company in the Gulf, had returned to the
city recently from the Gulf. “Salman and Shabareen had thought that they would
get the money from Nasir by kidnapping his younger child,” police said.
Salman who was in the
business of supplying fishes to aquariums earned a meagre amount and hence had
made the plan to get quick bucks by kidnapping his niece, police said. “He was
also in financial trouble after his wife had to carry out a medical termination
of a pregnancy,” police said.