May 11, 2009 11:01:32 pm
The decomposed,nude body of a two-and-a-half-year-old girl,who had been missing since May 5,was found in a meter box cabin (a room where electric meters are placed) near a MHADA colony,hardly 20 metre from her place of residence,Goregaon police said.
The girl,Zainab Khan,was last seen alive playing with her friends outside her residence.
As per cops at Goregaon police station,where a case of abduction had been registered,Zainab,who stays with her mother and younger sister,had gone missing on May 5. As per the statement of the mother,the family had returned on May 4 from their relatives at Bhendi Bazaar where they would go regularly. Amjad,the father of Zainab,works in Saudi Arabia as a driver, said a cop from the Goregaon police station.
When the Khan family discovered that she had gone missing,they approached the police station to file a missing person complaint. The missing complaint was amended to that of kidnapping after a resident of the locality informed the family and the police on May 6 that he had seen a dark complexioned youth wearing a yellow shirt picking her up and carrying her away while she was playing.
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On Sunday morning,the police got information about the body being found in a cabin used for housing electric meters of the building. The body was highly decomposed and maggots had set in. Zainabsmother identified it as her daughter from a pair of black bangles. A case of murder has now been registered, said DCP Makrand Ranade (Zone 10).
The body has been sent to Bhagwati hospital for autopsy and the test results shall show whether she had been sexually assaulted,too. A police official,on the condition of anonymity,said they have detained a suspect for questioning. The cop refused to divulge more.
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