After bodies of two toddlers were found in an abandoned compound in Cuffe Parade over a span of two months, the police have beefed up security around the area as they suspect a psycho-killer is on the rampage.
“We have cordoned off the compound near Vij Bhavan at Nariman Point where the bodies were found. We have also stationed around 18 policemen in the area to check on suspicious persons and to prevent such incidents,” said inspector S Mandlik of the Colaba police station on Friday.
Iqbal Shaikh, assistant commissioner of police (Colaba division), said that the postmortem report of Karishma Chavan, the three-and-a-half-year-old who’s body was found in the compound on Wednesday evening, had confirmed that she had died due to a head injury.
“We have found a bloodstained concrete boulder near the spot. It is obvious that the girl was hit on the head with the rock, which led to her death. She also has three fractures on her body, apart from bloodstains on her undergarments, which had been removed and thrown nearby,” said Shaikh.
The police said that around 10 teams from the Colaba division are conducting parallel investigations to resolve the case. Sources in the Colaba police station said that there is progress in the case, but the sole witness — a three-year-old friend of Karishma — is too young to provide concrete information.
Shaikh said, “We have interrogated dozens of people based on the description provided by Karishma’s three-year-old friend who was playing with her at Sassoon Docks when she went missing, although there have been no detentions yet.”
The girl had told the police that a man with long hair had lured Karishma with chocolates. Based on her statement and description, the police are trying to make a sketch of the suspect. “Although we are following this lead judiciously, the problem is that the girl is very young and is not able to communicate the details properly. She also comes up with contradicting versions at times,” said Mandlik.
A police source, however, said: “We have zeroed in on a few suspects, have detained them and subjected them to rigorous interrogation. It is certain that both girls were killed by the same person; in all likelihood, a psycho-killer. The police are close to cracking the case.”
Meanwhile, Karishma’s family is dissatisfied with the police investigation.
“The police are trying to underplay the incident. My daughter was found naked and there were bloodstains on her undergarments. Despite our efforts, the police are not updating us on the investigation’s progress. The matter is a lot more serious than what the police are making it out to be,” said Vijay Chavan, Karishma’s father.