In 2016, Panwar was found guilty by a trial court on charges including murder and voluntarily causing grievous hurt by the use of acid for the death of Rathi. The Delhi resident was attacked at Bandra terminus on May 1, 2013.
“The next challenge is to recover the body of Kirti and the murder weapon used by the accused. We are hopeful of getting leads on that following sustained interrogation of the accused,” a senior officer said.
The crime is eerily similar to the spate of rapes and murders of toddlers in Cuffe Parade and Colaba in 2011-12. Like in South Mumbai, the suspect, seemingly, disappeared into thin air after abducting the child, the police say.
Ankita More (20) of Vashi was found dead on the ground-floor staircase of the Taniya Monarch building in Nallsopara East by residents at 7 pm. The man fled his home after strangling her with a shoelace.
On December 13, 2015, a technician working on the maintenance of a traffic signal near the Mahavir Platinum building at Indian Oil Nagar in Chembur (East) spotted a large red suitcase in the gutter along the road.