With the only clue that the “molester” of a seven-year-old was wearing a blue t-shirt with images of Shivaji and Krishna on it, the Mankhurd police late Monday night traced the 21-year-old after rounding up 100 people, who have such t-shirts given by the head of a suburban mandal.
On June 25, around 1.30 pm, the accused allegedly tried to force himself on the girl inside a public toilet in Mankhurd. “The accused covered her mouth but the victim bit his finger, forcing him to leave before other people could hear her cries for help,” said a police officer.
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Police said the victim was only able to tell them that the man was young and sported a blue T-shirt with images of Shivaji and Krishna on it. “Seven days after the case was registered, we received a tip that the head of a suburban mandal distributed 100 such T-shirts every year before going to Shirdi,” said Assistant Police Inspector Sushant Mank.
Mank said the head of the mandal gave details of all those who had been given those T-shirts. “We accounted for all the 100 T-shirts, including those that were gifted to people who were not part of the mandal. The accused, Rahul Sawant (21), was not a member of the mandal,” said Mank.
Sawant (21) was identified by the victim when all those given the T-shirt were paraded before the victim, Mank added.