GUWAHATI : Nagaon Police Sunday night arrested Zakir Hussain, the main accused in the

horrific rape and murder of a Class V schoolgirl at Batadrava, three days after he along with

two other juveniles after raping the minor girl and then set her on fire.

The victim who suffered 90 per cent burn injuries was rushed to Guwahati for better treatment

but died at the GMCH Friday night.

Nagaon Police arrested Zakir from Itapara locality of Nagaon town where he was hiding

and was reportedly planning to flee from Assam.

We had been carrying out our investigations and were working on some clues. A special

team of Nagaon police had got the information that Zakir Hussain, the main accused,

was hiding at Lalung Gaon in Itapara locality of Nagaon.

Accused arrested from hiding

The team raided a house and arrested him, Nagaon SP Shankar Raimedhi told. He added,

We had arrested the two juveniles the day the incident took place.

They were produced before the Juvenile Justice Board and have been kept in a correction

home in Jorhat.

Although they are minors, they will also be punished as per law”. Meanwhile, it has come to

light that Zakir Hussain was a habitual offender and was involved in other molestation cases in the past.

This has come to light after a delegation of the Assam State Commission for Protection of Child Rights visited the victim’s house and interacted with family members.

The main accused is a habitual offender. He was involved in other molestation cases. He should get the strictest of punishments for the horrific crime.

We will write to the judiciary so that he gets an exemplary punishment,” Assam State Commission for Protection of Child Rights members Indrani Tahbildar and Dr Pilu Hazarika said in Guwahati.

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