Youth held for kidnapping, sexually assaulting minor girl

New Delhi: A youth has been arrested from West Bengal on charges of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a minor girl. The victim, a resident of the national capital, was safely rescued from his hideout, a police officer said on Friday.

“Sumit Raj, 19, a resident of Bihar had on August 29 kidnapped the minor girl, Rubina, 14, after luring her from west Delhi’s Khyala area. A case on the complaint of victim’s mother was registered in Khyala Police Station,” ADCP Sameer Sharma said.

“During investigation, police teams and victim’s mother suspected on Sumit Raj who used to live in the neighbouring area went missing from the locality,” he added.

“Sumit Raj was arrested on Thursday from Durgapur in West Bengal from his hideout where he also kept the minor. The victim was rescued and was medically examined following which Raj was booked under POCSO act,” Sharma added.

“During interrogation, Raj disclosed that he was already married in his village at Bihar’s Nalanda. He in 2018 had come to Delhi for searching job and stayed at a relative house. During this period, he was infatuated with the victim. He with the intention to marry her, started luring her with false promises and won her confidence,” he said.

“The accused later kidnapped the victim and took her to Bihar and later shifted to Durgapur to evade his arrest,” he said, adding that a reward of Rs 20,000 was also declared by Commissioner of Police on November 29 last year to nab him.