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A man has been rewarded with the sentence to death by a fast track trial court for the raping and killing an eight year old girl last month near state’s home minister Uma Shankar Gupta’s residence.

The sentence was awarded by District and Session Judge Sushma Khosla in just nine working days to Nandkumar Tamoli for raping and killing the minor girl on February 2.

The accused cajoled the victim to a secluded place in his auto-rickshaw when she along with her brother went to the Bhopal Utsav Mela.

Her brother told his parents that Nand Kumar took her alone in an auto rickshaw and when she failed to return home till late in the night, her parents reported the matter to the police.

Later, police found her body near the mela ground which is close to Gupta’s residence.

Police arrested Tamoli on February 5, and submitted the case for trial after collecting credible evidences against him on the basis of her brother’s statements and a police informer.

The sentence was awarded under sections 363, 366, 376 (2)H, 201, 302 and section five of the Prevention of Sexual Offences against Children Act 2012.

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