COIMBATORE: Coimbatore City Police arrested a man after the body of a child was recovered from the unused well on Wednesday. Surprisingly, he happened to be the Child’s uncle. A senior police official said that they aimed at the suspect based on his confession, as they had no direct evidence to link him with the murder. On Sunday, the suspect tried to sexually assault girl and strangled her for raising alarm.
The incident had occurred on Sunday when the parents of the Child decided to spend the night at her grandfather’s place at Palayaniayappan Thottam near Vilankurichi in the city. After easing the child in the bed, the mother checked on her around 2 am and found her missing. She raised an alarm and a search was launched to find the missing child.
After abducting the child, uncle tried to sexually assault the child in the bushes. This was when the neighbors heard the cries of the child resisting the attempts. No sooner had the girl started crying than the man tried to wrap up her voice using a piece of cloth. When the body of the child went still, he threw her into the well assuming she had died.
Then shrewd uncle returned to the house, pretentiously mourned for her loss, and actively participated in the search. Later, he led everyone to the well where the body was found.
He accompanied the family to a private hospital and remained with the family until the postmortem examination was conducted. He even dared to field questions from media at the hospital and suggested non-localized indulge in the murder.
After thorough interrogation, Assistant Commissioner of Police Mr. M Somasundaram said that the case has been altered from section of 174 of the Cr.P.C (suspicious death) to section 302 (murder). An additional charge under sections 9 and 10 of the POCSO Act, 2012, was added.”