The police on Friday ruled out the involvement of autorickshaw driver Kamlesh Sharma in the Nehru Nagar serial rape and murder cases.
However, the police still suspect the 41-year-old to be the person who allegedly molested an eight-year-old girl in the locality in April.
The V.B. Nagar police had arrested Sharma on Wednesday when he was trying to lure two minor girls with the intention of raping them. “We don’t believe him to be the same person who has been committing the heinous acts in Nehru Nagar,” said Senior Police Inspector K.S. Choudhari of V.B. Nagar police station. “But we are taking no chances and are waiting for the DNA test report.”
Sustained interrogation did not reveal his role in the three cases, which have taken place in Nehru Nagar since February.
The police, however, suspect that Sharma is the one who molested a minor girl from the nearby Makdawala Compound in April.
Investigators say the modus operandi adopted by the accused in that case and the attempt to molest on Wednesday was similar.
The police said in both the cases the accused pretended to be talking on the cell phone while trying to chat with his target. A police source said this was done to fool passersby and locals. “We are investigating that angle,” Choudhari said.
Another similarity in the two cases of molestation, although far fetched, is that the accused in both cases spoke a mix of Hindi and Marathi.
The police are also questioning other autorickshaw drivers and Sharma’s acquaintances to know more about him.
The police said Sharma’s wife, who is six months pregnant, is at her native place in Uttar Pradesh with the couple’s first child and has been called to the city for questioning.