“My granddaughter had gone to the pond where the buffalo was drinking water on Monday,” Ram Kumar said in the FIR. “Rakesh told her not to bring cattle near the pond or he would push her into the water.” Rakesh’s house is located on the way to the pond
According to DSP Barwala Jai Prakash, the complainant said his buffalo, which his granddaughter Munni took to the pond every evening, habitually rubbed its back against the wall of Rakesh’s house. On Wednesday, the animal instinctively repeated the act. When Rakesh saw the wall had been dirtied, he allegedly pushed Munni into the pond.
“When Munni did not return home till late evening, I told my neighbours about it and started searching for her,” Ram Kumar said. “When we reached the pond, we saw her body floating.”
“A case under Section 320 of the IPC and the SC/ST Act has been registered against the accused,” said Rahul Sharma, superintendent of police, Hisar. “Police teams have arrested the accused. They will produce him in court and demand his remand.”
Prakash said the police were recording the statements of the girl’s family and probing the matter.
Village sarpanch Chandi Ram claimed the two parties held a three-hour meeting on Thursday and struck a compromise. “The girl’s father will submit an affidavit to the police and the court regarding the compromise,” he said. “It seemed unlikely the youth had drowned the girl.”