A local court on Thursday remanded a 41-year-old man arrested for allegedly trying to abduct a minor girl in suburban Kurla, to police custody till June 29.
The police sought the custody of the arrested person, Kamlesh Sharma in order to interrogate if he was involved in the serial rape and murders of three minor girls at Nehru Nagar in Kurla since February this year.
Sharma, an auto rickshaw driver, was arrested on Wednesday after he was nabbed by local residents when he was trying to lure a seven-year-old with money and chocolates.
According to the residents, Sharma offered the girl Rs 10 and told her he would give her chocolates if she accompanied him to his house. When she started crying, people around got suspicious and nabbed Sharma.
Since February this year, three minor girls from Nehru Nagar were kidnapped, raped and murdered. While the first two incidents were reported on February 9 and March 7, the third came to light when the body of a nine-year-old girl was found inside a room in an abandoned building on June 19 after she had gone missing on June 6.
The body of the first victim was recovered from the terrace of a building in the police residential quarters in Nehru Nagar and the body of the second victim was found from a drain in the area.