A five-year-old girl was found dead under mysterious circumstances in Angallu of Kurabalakota in Andhra's Chittoor district. The incident is believed to have occurred in the wee hours of Friday.
The minor is suspected to have been kidnapped, hours before she was killed. The girl was attending a wedding party at a function hall in Kurabalakota with her parents.
The reason behind the killing is yet to be ascertained as the police are waiting for the postmortem report. According to police officials who spoke with TNM, an unidentified youth who came to the function hall, had befriended the girl and was seen playing with her in the CCTV footage that was captured.
Speaking to TNM, Madanapalle Rural Circle Inspector (CI) Ashok Kumar said, "The girl went missing around 10pm (on Thursday) amidst the wedding celebrations. Later, the family members searched around and checked the CCTV footage in which they saw the toddler playing with a strange man before she disappeared, but they weren't able to trace her."
He added, "This morning the girl was found dead as they searched beside a huge wall of the function hall. Parents are alleging that the unidentified man seen in the CCTV visuals has killed their daughter."
According to police, there are 'minor visible injuries’ on the victim’s body. The CI said, "A murder case has been registered based on the complaint of the parents. We are awaiting the postmortem report for further investigation."
The CI has also ruled out the revenge killing reports that have surfaced in local media.
Police are examining CCTV footage from the function hall and other nearby places to identify the accused. So far, no arrests have been made.