The Hyderabad city cops on Tuesday arrested a 45-year-old auto rickshaw driver for attempted sexual assault on his six-year-old neighbour in his auto rickshaw.

The accused, identified as Habeeb Ali-Al-Hamid, is a resident from Gazibanda area under the Shalibanda police station limits.

Shalibanda sub-inspector N. Sai Krishna said that the accused tried to sexually assault the child on Monday.

After reaching home, Habeeb, who noticed the little girl playing on the road, asked the child to accompany him shifting the goods into his house.

When the girl went near Habeeb, he took her inside the auto and made her sit beside him. As Habeeb tried to sexually assault her, the girl screamed for help and ran away. She informed about the same to her parents, who lodged a complaint on Monday night.

A case under sections 376A, 376 B r/w of the IPC and also under section 7 of the POCSO Act have been invoked against Habeeb.

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