Kota(PTI): Two people have been arrested in Rajasthan's Bundi district for allegedly raping and murdering a 15-year-old tribal girl, police said.

The minor's naked body bearing bite marks and fatal wounds to the neck and the head was found in a forest area near Kalakunwa village under the Basoli police station area on Thursday evening, they said.

The police launched a massive overnight search operation involving nearly 200 personnel and the dog squad, and tracked down one of the suspects, Sultan, by Friday morning, Bundi Superintendent of Police (SP) Jai Yadav said.

The man was taken into custody and during interrogation, he admitted that he had committed the crime along with Chotulal Bheel, the SP said, adding both were placed under arrest within 12 hours of the crime.

The accused were in an inebriated state when they gang-raped the girl. Later, they smashed her head with a stone and strangled her, the police officer said, adding that the role of a minor is also under investigation in the matter.

A case was registered under sections 302, 201, 376 (I) (M) of the IPC and provisions of the POCSO Act, he added.

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Haveri: In a devastating incident, a journey to seek divine blessings turned fatal as a car carrying pilgrims en route to the revered Tirupati temple met with a accident. The accident ccurred in the late hours of Thursday in Ranebennur, Haveri district.

The vehicle, transporting passengers from Ashwini Nagar in Haveri town, veered off course, leading to its overturning. The casualties include Suresh Veerappa Jadi (45), Aishwarya Erappa Barki (22), young Chetana Prabhuraja Samagandi (7), and Pavitra Prabhuraja Samagandi (28).

Additionally, six individuals sustained injuries in the tragic event, namely Channaveerappa Jadi, Savitra Jadi, Vikasha Honnappa Barki, Honnappa Neelappa Barki, Prabhuraja Erappa Samagandi, and Geeta Honnappa Barki. They have been immediately admitted to Davangere Hospital for medical care.

The incident happened at around 12:30 AM when the vehicle, en route from Haveri to Tirupati, lost control on National Highway 4 PB road, ultimately careening onto the service road. The exact cause of the driver's loss of control remains under investigation.