Panchmahals man gets 4-day police remand for ‘rape, murder’
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The man charged with rape and murder of a seven-year-old girl at Narsingpur village in Santrampur taluka of tribal the Panchmahals district was remanded into police custody for four days by a local court in Santrampur late on Saturday evening.
Accused Mohan Macchar (32) was produced in the court of judicial magistrate (first class), P B Patel in Santrampur around 6 pm on Sunday.
"Macchar confessed in the court that he had killed the girl and that he regretted his action. On our application, the court granted police custody of Macchar till January 23," Lunvada circle police inspector (CPI), Harshad Sutar told The Indian Express on Sunday.
A farm labourer, Macchar, had lured the girl by telling her that he would get her kites on the evening of Uttarayan last Monday. After taking her to a nearby farm, the accused had allegedly raped the child before strangulating her to death.
Machhar was arraigned by Kadi police from Sindhrana village of Kadi taluka in Mehsana district on Thursday night. He was later handed over to Santrampur police and arrested on Friday. During interrogation, Macchar had reportedly told police that he was in an inebriated condition when he raped the girl.
Protests against rape incidents
People of Narsingpur village and Santrampur town took out a rally in protests of recent cases of rape and murder in Narsingpur and Babrol villages on Saturday afternoon. The protesters marched to the office of Santrampur mamlatdar and submitted him a memorandum demanding speedy trial of the cases in fast track courts and stern punishment for culprits.
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