India, April 6 -- A seven-year-old girl was found murdered in a maize field in Bihar's Purnea district on Friday, a day after she went missing, police said.

The incident took place in a village under Rupauli police station area in the district.

"Prima facie it appears to be a case of rape and murder but it can be verified only after the postmortem report comes in," said station house officer (SHO) Amzad Ali.

The deceased child's family members alleged that she was raped before being tortured and strangled to death. They alleged that one of her eyes was also damaged and accused their neighbours of committing the heinous crime.

They said that the girl had gone to the maize field on Thursday and didn't return .

"We at first looked for h...