A man has been arrested on charges of sexually assaulting a minor girl in his neighbourhood in west Delhi, police said on Sunday.
Police said the accused kidnapped the five-year-old while she was playing outside her house in Narela area.
Praveen was caught on Friday night by locals and severely thrashed when he was planning to dump the girl at an isolated place after assaulting her, police said.
He was then handed over to police.
Praveen sexually assaulted the minor in his flat and locked her inside after she lost unconsciousness.
No one suspected him as he too had joined her parents and area residents in the search for the minor.
"At night, Praveen was planning to dump her at an isolated place but was caught by locals after they heard the minor's cries from his flat," a police officer said.
The minor was admitted to a private hospital in critical condition.
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