Nayagarh: In a shocking revelation in connection with the sexual assault and murder of 5-year-old girl Pari at Jadupur village in Odisha’s Nayagarh district, Arun Bothra, head of the Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing into the case, today said that accused Saroj Sethy’s family was aware of the crime committed by him.
However, it is being ascertained by the investigators as to when his family came to know about his act, said Bothra. The IPS officer was today present in the village where the crime scene was reconstructed in the presence of the accused.
Clearing the air over the alleged missing of bones of the girl’s recovered body, Bothra said some bones were given to the doctors for the DNA test to ascertain the identity of the decomposed body. The bones have been preserved, he said.
Saroj had used a towel to wipe off the girl’s blood oozing from her nose after strangling her to death. The towel has been retrieved and sent to laboratory for test. Though the accused had washed the towel several times, the stain prevailed, said Bothra, adding that the towel and leggins of the girl recovered from the village pond are major evidences in the case.
The accused had committed the murder alone. However, the possible involvement of others in disposing the body is being ascertained, he said.
In another interesting revelation, the SIT chief said that before the commencement of the probe by the team, Saroj had collected information about him like his IPS career and background through Google search. The accused was also observing the activities of the investigators in the village from the roof of his house and keeping himself updated about the progress in the case by watching news on TV, said Bothra.