In a shocking incident, the half-burnt body of a young girl was found in a sack in Chennai's Guduvanchery on Sunday after locals in Mahalakshmi street shooed away stray dogs that were trying to tear the sack apart.
The sack was found near near a nursery school in the locality and the police was immediately alerted.
An investigating officer told the Times of India, "She appears to be around eight years old. The body was naked and partially burned. Her assailants appear to have mutilated her face in an bid to conceal her identity. We suspect that the killers could have sexually abused the girl, but a postmortem will have to confirm that."
The police are yet to establish the girl's identity and are browsing through the list of people that were reported missing in the recent past.
Police have registered a case under IPC Section 302 (murder) and the body has been sent to the Chengalpet Government Hospital for an autopsy, the TOI report adds.