Three juvenile boys rapes 8-year-old girl, push her into canal in Andhra Pradesh's Nandyala district

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Nandyala: in a horrifying incident, an eight-year-old girl was allegedly raped and pushed into a canal by three minor boys, said a police official on Thursday.

According to a TOI report, the boys told the police that they lured the girl to come and play with them. They then covered her mouth and took turns raping her near a secluded spot by the Muchumarri irrigation project. Later, fearing that she might disclose the incident to her parents, the minors killed the girl and disposed of her body in an irrigation canal.

"They (boys) molested and pushed her into the canal. It happened on Sunday at around 5 pm. They were all from Mucchumarri village and everybody knew each other," Reddy told PTI.

Two of the accused are 15 years old, while the other one is 12 years old, the official said.

Police have not yet recovered the victim's body, as the water level in the canal is deep, and there is a possibility that it may have been washed away to a distance due to the monsoon rains. According to reports, efforts are underway in the search operation to retrieve the body.

They conducted raids at several locations and utilised a dog sqad to assist in the search mission. The dogs not only led them to the crime scene but also stopped at the houses of the accused, helping to identify possible suspects.

Following initial questioning, the police took the accused boys into custody. During interrogation, the accused confessed to the heinous crime and detailed to the police how they committed the killing of the 8-year-old and disposed of her body in a canal to conceal the crime.

According to the SP, a National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team arrived on Thursday to search for the body.