The Maharashtra government on Tuesday announced a cash reward of Rs 2.5 lakh for anyone giving information to help trace the man who had allegedly raped and murdered a girl in Kurla.
It also transferred senior inspector of Nehru Nagar police station, Prakash Kale, with immediate effect.
The announcement by Home Minister R.R. Patil comes in the wake of panic created by the third case of rape and murder of a minor girl in Nehru Nagar in suburban Kurla recently.
On June 19, the body of an eight-year-old girl who went missing from her home in Nehru Nagar on June 6 was found inside a shanty located near the Eastern Express highway. In the two other cases - the incidents took place in February and March - the victims were first raped and their bodies were found on a building terrace.
Kale, who is to retire on July 31, had been transferred from the same police station earlier following the discovery of the body of nine-year-old Anjali Jaiswal on March 8.
The killer, suspected to be a serial killer on the loose, had dumped the body on the terrace of the police quarters where Kale lives after raping her.
The quarters are located across the road from the police station and the incident had raised questions over security in the locality.
Kale had challenged this order in the Maharashtra Administrative Tribunal (MAT), which granted a stay. He resumed work at the police station in the last week of March.