For 22-year-old Suzan Fernandes and her family members it was a harrowing time when the Cuffe Parade police suspected them of having raped and murdered her 2-year-old girl child.
Fernandes, who had maintained that her family members are not behind the heinous crime, is relieved after DNA reports of three members of her family came negative. “The police should now focus on other angles and try to nab the real culprit,” said Fernandes.
But she rues the fact that the police did not inform them about the DNA test results. “Our DNA reports have come negative and the police have not even bothered to tell us about it. We heard about it on the television. The investigators stopped summoning us for questioning, but did not tell us why,” she said.
The investigators say that apart from the three family members, reports of three neighbours are also negative.
Ashok Jadhav, stepfather of the victim and one of the three persons who tested negative, said, “We always stated that we have nothing to do with the incident and the locals are also not supporting us. We believe that the accused is a local and we expect the police to crack the cases soon.”
The Cuffe Parade police stated that the line of investigation depends on the DNA reports. An officer of Cuffe Parade police said, “The samples of the suspects are being compared with the sperms that were found from near the second body. In the third incident, we have not found any foreign samples from the body yet.”