A three-year-old girl was raped and beheaded allegedly by two men after abducting her from a platform of the Tatanagar railway station in Jharkhand last week, police said on Wednesday.
The torso of the girl, kept in a plastic bag, was recovered from a bush under the Telco police station area, around 4 km from the railway station on Tuesday night, they said.
Three persons, including the two prime accused, were arrested.
Sniffer dogs were pressed into service to locate the head of the girl, Superintendent of Police (Railway) Ehtesham Waquarib said.
The incident occurred last Friday night when the girl was sleeping along with her mother and her male companion.
Mr. Waquarib said the girl’s mother had left her husband in Purulia district of West Bengal with a man, one of the three arrested, and her child and were on the Tatanagar station platform that night.
After her daughter disappeared, the woman lodged a complaint with the police saying that the man with whom she had fled might be involved in the incident.
He was sent to jail on Tuesday. His role in the incident is being investigated.
The police officer said they got some inputs after watching the CCTV footage of the platform and identified the two main accused and arrested them.
Mr. Waquarib said the two, who are in their 30s, confessed that they beheaded the girl after raping and strangulating the girl to death.
On the basis of the leads provided by them, the police recovered the torso but the head was not found.
The SP said the two accused were remanded in 14-day judicial custody on Wednesday.