The Delhi police have filed a chargesheet against the accused in the Shahbad Dairy murder case where a man stabbed and bludgeoned a minor girl to death in May.
According to the reports by PTI, the 640-page chargesheet was filed before a POCSO court on Tuesday under section 12 of POCSO (punishment for committing sexual harassment upon a child) and sections of the Scheduled Caste and Schedule Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, court sources said.
The accused has also been reportedly charged under Indian Penal Code sections 302 (murder), 354 A (punishment for sexual harassment) and 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) along with the provisions of the Arms Act.
The accused named Sahil had killed the girl in front of the public on a street in the Shahbad area of Delhi. The horrifying murder was caught on a CCTV camera and the footage showed the man thrusting a knife into the girl no less than 20 times as scores of people passed by but none intervened to save her.
The reports say that the police have confirmed the body of the victim had 34 injury marks along with her skull being smashed.
Reportedly, the special POCSO court is likely to take cognisance of the charge sheet on July 1.
The accused was identified based on CCTV footage and arrested on May 29 from Bulandshahr after a call from his aunt to his father was traced to a location in Uttar Pradesh, according to the reports. He was brought back to Delhi after a medical examination on June 1 and was produced before the metropolitan magistrate who had reportedly permitted for custodial interrogation for two days.
The accused's police custody was subsequently extended by three days, reportedly. Police also told the media that the investigation revealed that the accused and the victim were in a relationship but they often quarrelled. Both fought on May 27, following which Sahil decided to take revenge and murdered her brutally the next day.
With the help of the accused, the police were able to recover the weapon of the fence, which was a knife and the clothes that were worn by him at the time.
The Police also informed that other pieces of evidence, including CCTV footage, voice samples and biological evidence were also collected.
According to the reports, a total of 14 biological exhibits, one chemical exhibit, four physical exhibits and one cyber exhibit were sent to the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) in Rohini, police added.