Residents of Nehru Nagar feel the series of rape and murder cases of minors could have been avoided had the police investigated the first case with the same drive that they are showing now.
In February, the body of the first victim was found on the terrace of an SRA building. The accused who raped and killed two other girls after that, is yet to be identified.
“Soon after the body of the first girl was found, the spot was cleaned with water,” said Afzal Usmani, secretary of Chembur Sri Sai Shraddha Co-operative Housing Society, where the body of the first victim was found.
The significance of a killer being on the loose was realised only after the second case where the decomposed body of a minor girl was recovered from the terrace of a police quarters opposite Nehru Nagar police station.
Police teams were formed and officers from across the city were called to investigate the case.
A police officer, requesting anonymity said: “There is little clue from the first case to draw parallels or investigate. Sadly, it is the first case that we are now trying to co-relate and build a case around.”
A vital clue like a Chorex cough syrup bottle found from where the body of the first victim was recovered was not taken into consideration, alleges Usmani.
Musanna Alam Shah, chairman of the same building said: “Police completely lacked the vigour with which investigations are being carried out today. No dog squad was called, and evidence from the crime scene was not carefully taken.”
The locals also said that their help was not taken for that case. Some of the locals who helped the victim’s family in tracing her, were rounded up like criminals and taken to task.
But deputy commissioner of police (Zone-VI) Dilip Sawant denied all allegations. “We carried out all mandatory procedures. The allegations are baseless.”