The Colaba police investigating the mysterious death of three-year-old Karishma Chavan, a resident of Ambedkar Nagar slums, are currently partially relying on the statement of a few children who say they saw a bearded man taking the girl.
However, the police said their statement cannot be fully depended on, as they are too young to recall the events and are also changing statements. The children, who are the eyewitnesses in the case, were playing with Chavan, said police.
The police have detained a few people for questioning. The police have beefed up the security in the area. Iqbal Shaikh, assistant commissioner of police (Colaba division), said: “We have taken the statements of the children but we have to authenticate their version. We have formed a special team to probe the murder.”
Mumbai police commissioner Arup Patnaik conducted a closed-door meeting that was attended by Cherring Dorje (DCP, zone I) and officers of unit I of the Mumbai Crime Branch. Shaikh said, “We are putting in all efforts to crack the case.”
On Saturday night, residents of Cuffe Parade, already keenly alert, nabbed a woman who they suspected was trying to kidnap two 10-year-old boys. The police said parents of the boys claimed the woman was trying to abduct the boys. Senior police officers had to come and control the 100-strong mob at Cuffe Parade police station. “We have detained the woman and are trying to find out whether it is a case of attempted kidnapping or a misunderstanding," said a police officer.