Ghaziabad: The autopsy of a six-year-old who was found murdered on Thursday morning has confirmed that she was raped before being killed, police said on Friday.

Superintendent of Police (City) Shiv Shankar Yadav said there were serious injuries in and around the victim's private parts and multiple fractures on her face. To hide her identity, the assailants poured acid on her face.

"We are trying to arrest the culprits but have not made any success so far," Yadav said. The girl, who had gone missing obn Wednesday evening, was found dead in a field on the Nandgram-Sihani Road opposite Mariam Nagar here.

The Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) and police have been deployed in Subhash Nagar area under Sihani police station in Ghaziabad following protests against the rape-cum-murder of the girl. Nearly 50 protestors sustained injuries on Thursday when they clashed with Ghaziabad police over the latter's alleged apathy in probing the case.

About a dozen protestors were taken into custody Protestors blocked National Highway-58 for about five hours. Police used tear gas cells, rubber bullets and finally fired in the air to disperse the mob. The girl's father alleged that his daughter went missing around 6 pm on Wednesday.

At 7 pm he informed the police but was asked by them to trace the girl on his own. The next morning, he received a call from the police that a child's body was lying in a field opposite Mariam Nagar. She was found in a semi-nude condition.

Yadav said a senior police officer will investigate the case and that punitive action would be initiated against the erring policemen.


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