Andhra Pradesh State Women's Commission Chairperson Vasireddy Padma on Saturday assured strict action against the accused in the murder of a five-year-old girl at Angulla village in the state.
The girl was attending a wedding party at a function hall in Kurabalakota with her parents earlier this week when she was kidnapped and killed. CCTV footage even showed an unidentified man who came to the function hall, befriending the girl and playing with her, before luring her out.
Padma called on the parents of the child at their home in Guttapalem village in Chittoor district. A day earlier, she had also spoken to circle inspector Ashok Kumar, the investigating officer in the case.
She directed the police to take immediate custody of the culprits in the case and take severe action in such cases.
The parents of the girl complained to the police on Thursday night when she disappeared from a marriage function. Her body was found next morning close to the function hall, and the police said that she died under mysterious circumstances.
Suggesting that the method in which the girl was lured seemed as though the accused had committed such crimes before, Padma also spoke to senior officials on the technology and forensic methods available, to identify and nab the accused at the earliest.
The reason behind the killing is yet to be ascertained as the police are waiting for the postmortem report.
The police said that there were â€˜minor visible injuriesâ€™ on the victimâ€™s body. However, they did not comment on whether the girl could have been sexually assaulted before she was killed.
"A murder case has been registered based on the complaint of the parents. We are awaiting the postmortem report for further investigation," the police had told TNM earlier.