She had gone missing from her home in the Anoopshahr area of Bulandshahr on February 25 after which an FIR was lodged on the complaint received from her father on February 28, a laborer.
The girl's father had raised suspicion over the accused, said Bulandshahr Senior Superintendent of Police Santosh Kumar Singh, adding that the accused killed and buried her body in his home.
The family was known to the accused
The accused lived alone in the house. The family is known to him and the girl would sometimes visit his house to drink water.
"On the day of the incident, when she went to his house for water, the accused confessed that he was inebriated. He tried to rape the girl but she started screaming and he choked her to death," Singh said.
The accused worked as a laborer in Delhi
He added that the accused had absconded after the incident.
"We were on the lookout for him. Today, around 7:30 am, he was tracked and arrested from Shimla," the SSP said.
The accused told the police that he worked as a laborer in Delhi and had come home in Bulandshahr, three days prior to the incident.