A seven-year-old girl was abducted, raped and murdered by a minor boy at an agricultural field at Shivara village in Mandya taluk.
The incident, which occurred on Sunday night, came to light on Monday morning. Later, the Keregodu police arrested the accused.
The police said the body of the girl, head bludgeoned with a stone, was found near a pump-house in the field.
The girl was missing since Sunday evening.
The accused allegedly abducted, sexually assaulted, and murdered her, the police said.
According to the police, her relatives searched for the girl all around. Even as the police began searching for the victim, some farmers found her body.
The accused is a school dropout. Fearing that the girl would reveal the identity and the incident, he murdered her with a stone, an officer at the Keregodu police station said.
A case has been registered and investigation is on, Bhushan Gulabrao Borase, Superintendent of Police, Mandya, told The Hindu.
JAIPUR: Panic gripped Karni Vihar locality on Monday morning when people spotted a body of a 5-year-old girl lying in an empty plot of land.
The body was stuffed in a sack. The preliminary investigation hinted that the girl was probably raped and then murdered.
While conducting further probe, the police arrested a 28-year-old labourer, who reportedly confessed to killing the girl.
According to the police, the girl was playing outside her home on Sunday evening when the accused, identified as Kamlesh Saunkariya, returned from a slipper-manufacturing factory.
The girl went missing and her relatives started searching for her. But when they couldn't find her, they approached the police on Sunday night.
After working on the clues, the police rounded up Saunkariya on Monday. During interrogation, he confessed to killing the girl.
"The accused said he was in an inebriated condition when he took the girl to his room, situated in the same locality, on the pretext of giving her potato chips. The girl screamed when he tried to rape her, so he strangulated her. He also hit her head with a stone," said Kailash Bishnoi, deputy commissioner of police (west).
Bishnoi added, "The accused has said he only attempted to rape her. We have seized his as well as the girl's clothes. The autopsy will ascertain if the girl was raped."
"We will file the chargesheet in 3-4 days. We have a strong case against the accused," he added.
The police said that after killing the girl, the accused stuffed her body in a sack and dumped it in an isolated plot of land which is used by locals for dumping garbage.