Mangaluru: Police have arrested four accused in connection with the murder of an 8-year-old girl on the premises of the Tiles Factory in Parari near Ulaibettu. In a press conference, the city police Commissioner N. Shashikumar said “The arrested have been accused of rape and murder of the minor girl”, he informed.

The accused have been identified as Jai Singh (21), Mukesh Singh (20), Manish Tirki (33), and Muneesh Singh (20).

Reportedly, Jai Singh, Mukesh Singh, and Manish Tirki were working as labourers at the Tiles Factory in Parari, while Muneesh Singh was working as a daily wage labourer at Puttur. The four of them are friends, it is learned. While three of the accused are originally residents of Penna District in Madhya Pradesh, one of them is a resident of Ranchi in Jharkhand. The police commissioner revealed that among the accused, two of them are 22-year-olds, one of them is a 21-year-old and another accused is 33-years of age.

Revealing the details about the horrendous crime, the Police commissioner said, “On November 21, the accused abducted the 8-year-old minor who was playing outside on the compound of the Tiles Factory. Afterward, the accused raped the minor and strangled her to death”, he said.

DCPs Hariram Shankar, Dinesh Kumar, ACP Ranjit Bhandaru, and Ravish Nayak were present at the press conference.

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New Delhi, Nov 30: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday met two Goa Forward Party MLAs and an independent at his residence here after they extended their support to the party to defeat the BJP in the assembly polls early next year.

Goa Forward Party MLAs Vijay Sardesai and Vinod Palyekar and independent legislator Prasad Gaonkar met Gandhi and alleged that the BJP government in the state was "corrupt".

Assembly elections in Goa are slated for early next year and the Congress is seeking the support of smaller parties in the state to oust the BJP from power.

However, there has been no announcement of a pre-poll alliance yet.

The Congress suffered a jolt recently when its former chief minister Luizinho Faleiro quit the party and joined the Trinamool Congress (TMC), along with his supporters. The TMC is seeking to emerge as a political force in Goa, so is the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).