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A child rape convict who walked out of jail six months ago was arrested on Saturday for kidnapping, raping and murdering a nine-year-old neighbour and dumping her body in a public toilet septic tank in a Mumbai suburb, according to The Times of India.
Vadivel Devendra alias Gundapp Bhai (35), convicted in 2013 for raping a five-year-old girl in the neighbourhood, was released in 2018 early for good behaviour in jail.
The girl was reported missing on Thursday evening, and the rape-murder came to light when police detained Devendra as CCTV footage from the area showed the Class III student walking with him. “She went out to buy tea from a nearby stall for her mother who’s unwell. We started searching for her when she didn’t return for an hour,” her father, a daily wage labourer, said.
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As police launched a search for the girl, Devendra accompanied them in the area. Meanwhile, some locals told police that Devendra had been arrested earlier for a minor’s rape. “This information caused suspicion about him and the CCTV footage strengthened our doubts,” a police officer said.