Assam Police on Saturday arrested a 65-year-old cleric accused of raping and murdering a 9-year-old woman on June 20 from Balidunga, Morigaon district. The arrest comes after chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma’s go to to the sufferer’s household on Friday, when he directed the police to hurry up investigations.
“The accused was arrested on Saturday night and will be produced in court later on Sunday. We are in the process of interrogating him, but he has not confessed [his] involvement yet,” stated Aparna N, superintendent of police (SP), Morigaon.
The police officer added that the sufferer’s autopsy confirmed sexual assault.
“Report of the victim’s post mortem has revealed that there was sexual assault and [the] cause of death was strangulation. We have sent her viscera samples for forensic test and its report is awaited,” she added.