Shakti Mill murder: Cops probe role of accused in other sexual assault cases

  • Vijay Kumar Yadav, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Jan 03, 2015 16:15 IST

The police are probing the involvement of the three men — who were arrested on Monday for allegedly sodomising and killing two people at Marine Drive and Shakti Mill compound in 2014 and 2011 respectively — in other cases of unnatural sexual assault cases in city.

This includes three cases of alleged rape, kidnapping and murder of three minor girls in the Cuffe Parade and Colaba area in 2011-12, the police said. The verification will be done by DNA examination of the accused.

Rajkumar Kallianna, 23, Sunil Kumar, 30, and Vishal Padgham, 30, are currently being interrogated by the Marine Drive police in connection with the July 2014 sodomy and murder case of a 16-year-old boy.

“We are checking if the arrested accused were involved in the Cuffe Parade and Colaba cases of minors’ murders,” said Ravindra Shisve, deputy commissioner of police, zone I. The senior officer, however, refused to divulge details of the interrogation.

Another senior officer said considering the habitual nature of the accused, the top brass of the city police have instructed investigators to check the involvement of the accused in other cases of unnatural sexual assault and murders by matching their DNA with the victims.

“The accused had stuffed cloth into the mouth of the 16-year-old boy, which suffocated him to death,” an officer said. The cloth was found stuffed in the boy’s mouth when police had found his body. However, despite the circumstances indicated signs of murder, the Marine Drive police had only registered an accidental death report.

On the alleged negligence by the Marine Drive police, senior police officials said as the doctors who had carried out post-mortem said the cause of the death of the boy was drowning, the police had registered an accidental death case.

Senior inspector Pravin Chinchalkar of the Marine Drive police he did not respond to phone calls.

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