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Govandi rape case accused yet to be identified, say police

The Shivaji Nagar police have, so far, not been able to identify the accused who kidnapped and raped a six-year-old girl from Govandi in the wee hours on Monday.

mumbai Updated: Jan 26, 2012 01:30 IST
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The Shivaji Nagar police have, so far, not been able to identify the accused who kidnapped and raped a six-year-old girl from Govandi in the wee hours on Monday.

RS Agarwal, senior inspector, Shivaji Nagar police station, said: "We are yet to identify the spot where the incident occurred. The girl is recuperating at JJ hospital and is too traumatised to talk. So, we cannot get her version of the story."

On Monday night, the girl had gone with her grandmother to fill water from a nearby tap. There, the accused struck a casual conversation with the grandmother. He also claimed that he was a resident of the area. In some time, the grandmother went home to keep the bucket. When she returned after 10 minutes, the girl was missing from the spot.

The police have, however, made a sketch of the accused based on the description provided by the victim's grandmother.

The Shivaji Nagar police have also sent the victim's vaginal swab to the Forensic Science Laboratory in Kalina to check if they could get the DNA profile of the accused. "If we get the profile, we could match it with the suspects in the case," he said.

The police have also rounded up history-sheeters from the area. "But we have not found any major leads," he added.

They have asked the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to assist in the investigation process by providing them with the voter's identity list that carries the photographs of registered voters in the area. Since the police suspect that the accused is a Govandi resident, they plan to ask the grandmother to go through the list to see if the accused is one of them.

'Mahim rape accused often offered chocolates to minors'
The Shahu Nagar police that are on the lookout for an accused who abducted and raped a six-year-old girl from his Mahim neighbourhood have not been able to track him so far.

The police have identified the accused as Abdul, an imitation jewellery salesman in local trains, after the victim mentioned him. After recording the statement of the neighbours, the police found that the accused would often offer chocolates to young girls in the area.

"We are tracing the accused and hope to arrest him soon", said inspector G Desurkar of Shivaji Nagar police station. He however remained tight lipped when questioned if the police had any leads about the location of the accused.

Another officer said, "His location was last traced to a north Mumbai suburb. When we reached the spot he had left the place." The officer added that a police team may be sent to Karnataka, from where the accused originally hails.

The Shahu Nagar police also suspects the accused may have tried to lure other girls from the neighbourhood in the past. " Neighbours told us that the accused, who lived hand to mouth, would often offer chocolates to young girls in the area," said the officer.