The police have started collecting forensic evidence in the alleged rape of a 15-year-old girl from Filterpada in Powai. Senior police inspector of LT Marg police station, Anil Borude, has been named as one of the accused in the case.
On Friday morning, a team of police officers from Powai police station, finger print experts and members of a dog squad visited the building in Kondivita at Andheri (East) where the victim was allegedly raped early this year.
A police officer, requesting anonymity because he is not authorised to talk to the media, said: “After fingerprint experts and the dog squad checked the room, we conducted a panchnama and sealed the room.”
Deputy commissioner of police (zone X), Prakash Mudiyal said, “We need to be sure we have the necessary evidence before we show the police officer as an accused in the case.”
The officer said the fourth floor flat, where the incident allegedly occurred, had been sealed earlier following a high court order in connection with a dispute involving the flat. The MIDC police have registered a case against an unidentified accused for violating the high court order. Senior police inspector Deepak Bagwe said: “We have registered a case against unidentified accused for illegally breaking the seal and using the disputed flat violating of the high court order.”
The police are also questioning the building’s watchman, who has claimed to have seen Borude with a girl. Police sources said Borude has a flat in the same building.
“The victim’s blood sample will also be sent for forensic tests,” the officer said.
The case came to light after the Powai police arrested 40-year-old Shanta Gaikwad, who worked as domestic help, on November 2 following a complaint by the victim’s family. The police suspect Gaikwad was running a commercial sex racket in the area and had lured other minors from Filterpada into it.