An assistant police inspector (API) and assistant sub-inspector (ASI) attached with the Antop hill police station have been suspended for violating protocol and displaying insensitivity while dealing with the rape case of a five-year-old girl on Tuesday.
The girl went missing from her Wadala residence around 9.30pm on Tuesday night, after stepping out to buy some chocolate. The family started searching for her frantically, but could not find her.
Around 12.30am on Wednesday, locals noticed the child, crying and bleeding, near a dumping ground in the jurisdiction of the Antop Hill police station. The residents called the police control room, after which the Antop Hill police reached the spot.
Even though she was in a great deal of pain, the child was not taken straight to the hospital, as protocol demands. Instead, the cops took her to the Wadala TT police station.
They also wasted time arguing over issues relating to jurisdiction, deferring the child’s treatment.
API S Nimbalkar and ASI Jhavre have been suspended for their insensitivity. “They have been suspended for insensitive and irresponsible behaviour,” said Deven Bharti, joint commissioner of police, law and order.
The Wadala TT police are investigating the case and are yet to make any breakthrough.
Sources said the accused has been spotted in footage from a close circuit television camera (CCTV) in the area, but his face cannot be seen clearly.
“We have prepared a sketch of the accused,” said a police officer privy to the investigation.