A 19-year-old youth was arrested on Thursday in connection with the rape and murder of a nine-year-old girl in suburban Mumbai.
With the arrest of Javed Rehman Shaikh, who works in a cable operator’s office in Kurla, the Mumbai police claimed a major success in the serial killing episode, involving minor girls, that has rocked the city for the past five months.
Three cases of rape and murder of minors were reported from this suburban locality — in February, March and June. Shaikh — who has been remanded to police custody till July 14 — has been arrested in the third case.
Police Commissioner Sanjeev Dayal said Javed was arrested after DNA samples found on the victim’s body matched with his DNA samples. “The Forensic Science Lab have confirmed to us that the samples have matched and so we arrested Shaikh. The DNA samples found on the other two victims have tested negative with Shaikh’s.”
Dayal, however, did not rule out the possibility of Shaikh’s involvement in the other two murders. “The available evidence only implicates him in one murder (June 19). But he could be a witness to those other murders.”
This has confirmed the fact that there is more than one killer on the loose in the locality and could possibly be knowing each other.
One of the girls who had managed to escape ruled out that Shaikh was the one who had attacked her.
Kurla’s Nehru Nagar area remained tense following the arrest. Residents and members of Shaikh’s family disputed police claims, saying he had been falsely implicated by the police who were under pressure to solve the murders.