Officers investigating the murder of a 19-year-old girl,Seema Parab,who was stabbed in Malad (East) last Friday,are yet to trace the prime suspect in the case,Mahesh Gujjar (25). The four teams of Mumbai crime branch and Kurar police,who went all the way to Khed on Gujjars trail,had to return empty-handed.
The police,however,claim that they have left no stone unturned in trying to nab him. According to the officers,they have Gujjars mobile phone number but his phone has bee switched off since the incident. We have Gujjars entire history and his face also matches 90 per cent with the sketch we prepared based on eyewitnesses accounts but we are yet to arrest him. We will not be able to trace him till he switches his phone on, said inspector G Goswami from the Kurar police station.
Gujjar,who is a painter,lived behind the girls house in Gautam Nagar at Kurar village,the police said. He had asked Parab to marry him and also spoken to her parents,cops said. However,the girl and her parents refused to accept his proposals, said an officer.
Last Friday,Gujjar called up Parab several times but she did not answer her phone. Enraged,Gujjar left his house with two knives and stabbed Parab as soon as she stepped out, said an officer from crime branch.
The officers investigating the case said they visited Gujjars house and met his sister-in-law but she did not know anything about him. They added that they visited his relatives and friends in Mumbai as well as his village but could not trace him. We had information that Gujjar had been hiding at his relatives house in Khed but we could not find him there, said the crime branch officer.
Parab,third amongst five daughters,had been stabbed in the stomach and neck. She was taken to SK Patil Hospital initially. However,she died on the way to Bhagwati Hospital from there.