4-year-old girl killed for 3 grams of gold

A couple killed a four-year-old girl for just three grams of gold. The gruesome incident came to light on Wednesday when the Saroornagar police nabbed the duo while they were trying to sell the stolen gold.

The girl, Ramya Sri was the daughter of Sukesh and Mahalakshmi from Champapet. Sukesh is a vehicle mechanic. On June 1, Ramya went missing while playing in front of her house.

The same day, Sukesh lodged a missing complaint with the Saroornagar police.

On Tuesday night, police caught Sukesh’s neighbors Srilakshmi and her husband Raju while they were trying to sell gold ear rings weighing about three grams at a small jewellery store in Saroornagar.

During interrogation, the two confessed that they had kidnapped the girl and throttled her to death after removing her ear rings.

“After committing the murder, the couple wrapped the body in a sack and dumped it in a nala at Talabkatta.

“Based on their confession, we recovered the decomposed body from the nala on Wednesday morning and shifted it to Osmania General Hospital for a post-mortem,” Saroornagar inspector AVR Narasimha Rao said.

During the interrogation, Srilakshmi confessed that she had committed two more thefts in the city.

Police booked the couple under section 302 (Murder) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

Following the arrest of the couple, angry family members of the girl staged a dharna in front of the Saroornagar police station demanding capital punishment for them.