In addition to the identity of the accused, police will also need to explain how and why the nine-year-old who was raped and killed in Kurla on Sunday, was dumped on the terrace of the police quarters opposite the Nehru Nagar police station.
Building residents who saw the body said it was found naked, an orange T-shirt and black slacks beside her body. Her undergarment was kept on her body, which had blood all over.
“The building has no security, frequently has outside visitors, including salesmen, and no lights on the staircase or the corridor,” said Siddhesh Pawar, son of PSI Tukaram Pawar.
Chetan, the son of Kishore Baviskar, a sub-inspector living on the fourth floor, found the body. “Around 9.30 am, when I went to the terrace to keep a mattress, I saw someone’s feet. I thought the person was asleep, but found it odd since no one visits the terrace because it doesn’t have a parapet,” he said.
He informed his next-door neighbour, Police Sub Inspector Tukaram Pawar who went up and saw the body. The victim lived with her parents and five-year-old brother at Ali Dada Estate in Kurla (East), around a kilometre from where the body was found. She was a Class four student at an English-medium school in Kurla (E).
Five people have been detained for questioning.
“The body was found on the terrace of building 109. There were no injury marks,” said Dilip Sawant, deputy commissioner of police, Zone VI. Building 109, opposite the police station, is occupied by policemen’s families.
The girl’s father, who supplies snacks to retail shops told Hindustan Times she had returned home from tuitions at around 7.30 pm. She had fought with her brother after which she left home and went to play outside.