Shillong: A tribal Garo girl was found beheaded and burnt inside a reserve forest in Meghalaya's East Garo Hills district Sunday. The girl's stepfather, the prime suspect, was arrested, police said Monday.
Meanwhile, Home Minister Roshan Warjri has directed police to fast-track the case and ensure justice to the girl's family.
The girl was missing for over a week.
"The beheaded body of Richina N Sangma, 15, was found Sunday from Rongrenggre reserve forest. She went missing Sep 28," said Davies Marak, police chief of East Garo Hills.
He said: "The head and an arm were found at a distance. The head did not have any flesh. We suspect wild animals to have eaten the flesh."
The police officer said the post-mortem examination was conducted at the spot in view of the highly decomposed body.
Marak said: "We have arrested Rashu N Marak, the stepfather of the girl, following an FIR lodged by her mother Grichina. We are interrogating him."
Rashu Marak filed a missing person case after his wife persisted. In the FIR, he claimed to have taken the girl to a doctor in Williamnagar, the district headquarters of East Garo Hills, and then sent her home in an auto.
Warjri condemned the killing, saying: "This gruesome incident should be condemned by all right-thinking citizens in strongest terms. Such elements have no place in a civilised society and the police are already on their job to nab the killers."