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Man held for 2-year-old granddaughter's murder


Aligarh, Social Times. The grandfather of the two-year-old girl, who was found dead in a drain in Khair town, was arrested in connection with the murder of the toddler.


Ramesh (65) confessed to the crime after persistent questioning, police said.


The girl had gone missing from her home on Sunday night, and a complaint was lodged by her family the next day, they said.


The postmortem examination indicated that the child died of drowning and there were no visible injury marks.


Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Kalanidhi Naithani said Ramesh, an alcoholic, had run up debts and his children would often confront him on the issue.


On Sunday night, after a heated argument ensued with his children, Ramesh decided to settle scores with his son. He stealthily picked up the sleeping toddler and in a gruesome act of vengeance, plunged her in a drain close to the house.


The incident took place in Khair town about 25 kilometres from here, the SSP said.


For the past three days, a team of police officials was camping in Khair. They questioned over 100 people and traced the accused, the SSP said.


Considering the sensitivity of the case, security was tightened in the area.