Nearly a week after a five-year-old was kidnapped and raped in Antop Hill, the case remains unsolved as over 40 suspects are being grilled by the police. Two officers have been suspended for being insensitive while handling the case.
The police have also released a sketch of the suspect, who they believe is around 30 years old.
The girl went missing from her Wadala residence around 9.30pm last Tuesday. She had gone out to buy some chocolates. The family started searching for her frantically soon after, but could not find her.
Around 12.30am on Wednesday, residents spotted the child, crying and bleeding, near a dumping ground in the jurisdiction of Antop Hill police station. They called the police control room after which the police reached the spot.
“We have found close circuit television camera (CCTV) footage in which the accused is seen holding the girl in his arms. We have grilled more than 40 suspects and have zeroed in on four who may be involved. They are being questioned and investigations are on,” said a police officer privy to the investigation.
Meanwhile, two officers - one from Antop Hill police station and another from Wadala TT police station - were suspended. Even though she was in 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.
The police are also waiting for the forensic report. “No witnesses have come forward so far. We are talking to the locals as we believe the accused may be from the same area as the girl,” the officer added.
The police have released a sketch of the suspect, who they believe is around 30 years old. They are awaiting the forensic report. “No witnesses have come forward so far. We are talking to the locals as we believe the accused may be from the same area as the girl,” said an officer. “We have found CCTV footage in which the accused is seen holding the girl in his arms,” he added.