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‘Prime suspect’ denies charge

mumbai Updated: Mar 10, 2010 01:20 IST
Rachna Pratihar
Rachna Pratihar
Hindustan Times
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Mystery shrouds over the involvement of the 29-year-old man who was arrested by the Nehru Nagar police on Monday for his alleged involvement in the rape and murder of a nine-year-old Kurla schoolgirl on Sunday.

While the police say Sheikh was the prime suspect in the case, the accused’s family claimed that the police was falsely implicating him due to his criminal past.

According to the police, Sheikh had been booked under more than 10 cases of assault, theft, threatening, rioting and under the Arms act. Sheikh was produced before the Vikhroli court on Tuesday where he denied having committed the crime.

The police told the court that they arrested the accused as the “witnesses” spotted him loitering suspiciously in the vicinity where the crime took place.

While seeking a 15-day remand, the police said they needed to take the accused for medical examination and recover the clothes he wore while committing the crime.

On the other hand, defence lawyer Ratnakar Gawde said: “Just because Sheikh was moving in the area does not mean that he is the offender.”

“Sheikh was picked by the Nehru Nagar police on Friday for his alleged involvement in an incident of theft that took place in Kasaiwada, Kurla (East), and was later released on Saturday morning,” Mehrunissa Siddiqui, accused’s sister told Hindustan Times.

The police also handed Sheikh a notice of externment and told him to appear before the assistant commissioner of police, Chembur division on Monday.

“Till late night, Sheikh was in the locality and there were several people who witnessed him. Around 2 am, the time when the crime took place he returned home with gifts for his son,” added Siddiqui.

On Sunday, Sheikh was again picked up by the Dharavi police who handed him to the Nehru Nagar police.

Even the victim’s family had never seen the accused in their area. “We never spotted Sheikh in our area or misbehaving with any women,” the victim’s uncle said.