While the Cuffe Parade police on Saturday nabbed a man who is being considered as a suspect in the murders of two toddlers in the area,officers said the DNA found on the second victim held the key in the case.
The police had arrested 20-year-old Krishna Pawar on Saturday after residents caught him while he was allegedly trying to escape with a 5-year-old girl from the area.
The police had been searching for clues in the murder cases of Cuffe Parade resident Jagruti Patel and Colaba resident Karishma Chavan. Both the girls aged around three years were found dead in a secluded spot near the Nariman Point Fire Brigade Depot. While Jagruti was found dead on November 13 last year,Karishma was found dead on January 18,less than 20-feet away from the spot where Jagruti was found dead.
The police had cited similarities in the cases and suspected same person to have been involved by saying that both victims were killed with a fatal blow to the head and that their undergarments were found close to the bodies.
Pawar and has been booked under Section 363 (kidnapping) of the IPC. The police have sent his blood sample for DNA analysis to ascertain if he had anything to do with the double murder.
At this stage,saying if Pawar was definitely involved in the murders will be premature. Only DNA samples will reveal it, Iqbal Shaikhsaid Shaikh,ACP (Colaba Division) said.