The Shivaji Nagar police that is on the lookout for the man who raped a six-year-old girl in Govandi on Sunday claims to have found a person who matches the description of the accused.
Police prepared a sketch based on the description given by the victim's grandmother, who had a brief encounter with the suspect. However, when the suspect was brought before the woman, she was unable to confirm if he was the same person.
Senior inspector of Shivaji Nagar police RS Agarwal said that one of the three police teams that was combing the Govandi area with the sketch of the accused came across the suspect. "He looked similar to the accused. However we could not be sure," Agarwal said.
The police then asked the victim's grandmother to see if he was the accused. "She was not sure, as she had seen him for a few moments in the dark," Agarwal added. The police will be put the suspect through a DNA test and match it with the DNA found in the vaginal swab of the victim.
The police will also verify if the suspect was actually present at the places he has claimed to be on Sunday night, when the victim was abducted some distance from her residence and raped. The police are also likely to question his neighbours for clues.
The incident took place late on Sunday night when the victim had gone with her grandmother to fill water at a tap nearby. The woman left the child and went to the house to keep the bucket. When she returned 10 minutes later, the girl had gone missing.
A short while earlier, however, the girl's grandmother had a short conversation with a man who claimed to be residing in the same locality.