Sivakasi (Tamil Nadu): A 20-year-old man from Assam, working as a casual labourer in a cloth bag company, has been arrested for allegedly raping and murdering an eight-year-old girl here, police said Friday. Five others, also belonging to Assam, also involved in the crime and are absconding, the police informed. The arrested A Mojam Ali has been remanded to judicial custody till February 6.
Ali developed friendship with a painter who had come to the cloth bag company for work and later Ali used to visit the painter’s house.
Soon, the accused became a family friend. The painter’s eight-year-old daughter went missing January 18 and a police investigation revealed that Ali had taken a half-a-day off on that day, leading to suspicion.
Police detained Ali for interrogation and he confessed to have raped and murdered the girl. Following this, Ali was arrested and remanded.