Suzanne Fernandes, the mother of the victim, claimed that the police’s allegations regarding the victim’s father, Rajeev Sharma, and James, the grandfather were baseless.
“How can father or a grandfather target a two-year-old kid?,” she asked.
“Instead of investigating the serial killer angle, they are harassing us by raising allegations on the family members. They even beat up my 44-year-old father while questioning him,” claimed Suzanne.
Suzanne added that her first husband, Rajeev, had a good relationship with the child and used to come and meet her often.
Albert Fernandes, Suzanne’s uncle, said, “In 2010, Rajeev took Angel to his native place in Uttar Pradesh (UP) for around four months. He loves his daughter.” The child had also stayed with her grandparents after Suzanne and Rajeev separated.
Suzanne added, “I married Ashok in 2011, after which we have been staying at Macchimar Nagar in Cuffe Parade area. The place is a few minutes away from Ambedkar Nagar, where my daughter stayed and we have been in constant touch.”
The family also alleged that the sleuths took a long time to act after a complaint was registered at around 2:30 AM, after Angel went missing.
The Cuffe Parade police, however, stated that they were probing all possible angles in the case.
Iqbal Shaikh, assistant commissioner of police (Colaba division) said, “We have conducted DNA profiling of 735 suspects till date, with the Angel’s case taking place in south Mumbai.”