A 13-year-old Class VII girl was allegedly kidnapped and murdered by her father in north east Delhi’s Karawal Nagar because he did not take kindly to her relationship with a boy, the police said on Saturday. The accused has been arrested, reported The Hindu.

The police said that Sudesh Kumar had approached them on Wednesday stating that his daughter was missing.

“He said that she had told them that she was going to buy momos from the market around 5.30 p.m. but did not return. Teams were formed to locate her but she couldn’t be found,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (North East) A. K. Singla, adding a CCTV camera near the girl’s house had captured her going alone.

On Friday, Mr. Kumar and his relatives Sonu, Monu, Kuldeep and Naresh were searching for the girl and reached Tronica City in Ghaziabad and found her body a few metres away from the main road near Mandola.

“They informed the U.P. Police, which informed the Kawala Nagar police. The body was shifted to Ghaziabad mortuary for post mortem” said Mr. Singla.

CCTV footage

The murder investigation was taken up and CCTV footage of the route from Karawal Nagar to Mandola was examined. The police said that the girl was seen riding a motorcycle with a man.

“The motorcycle and helmet of the man in the CCTV footage was extremely similar to the father,” the DCP said.

In fit of rage

The police then picked up Sudesh for questioning shortly after he was done performing the last rites of his daughter.

During sustained interrogation, Sudesh confessed to have killed his daughter.

“He said that he had caught his daughter with a boy several times. He caught her again on Tuesday. He was angry with her for continuing to meet him. On Wednesday, when she told her father that she was going to buy momos, he followed her and found her with the same boy,” said Mr. Singla.

In a fit of rage, the father took the girl to Loni and stabbed her with a knife.

“The weapon and the motorcycle along with helmet has been recovered,” the DCP said.