Two years after three minor girls were found raped and killed in Cuffe Parade, the police continue to scour the city for signs of the accused.
The Cuffe Parade police station has been routing DNA samples of every arrested accused in cases of sexually assaulting minors from other jurisdictions, to the Kalina Forensic Sciences Laboratory (FSL) in hope of catching the suspect. “The team has also been noting the movements and location of the accused in the past two years,” said Padmakar Juikar, assistant commissioner of police, Colaba Division.
Since 2012, the police has sent DNA samples of over 1,300 suspects to the FSL. Of these, nearly 600 turned out negative, said officers.
The brutal murders of the toddlers created terror in 2011 and 2012, with the police unable to zero in on a motive. A two year-old-girl living with her family in Shiv Shakti Nagar first disappeared on October 19, 2011. Her decomposed body was found in November in an empty plot at Vij Bhavan in Cuffe Parade. The FSL had concluded that she had been sexually assaulted.
On April 12, 2012, the body of a three-and-a-half-year-old girl was found in the water behind Maker Chambers in Cuffe Parade. The police said she had disappeared from the home of her grandmother in Ambedkar Nagar. Both girls had been killed with a blow to the back of the head with a blunt object.
The body of another girl was found near Vij Bhavan on June 18, 2012. The police said the three-year-old victim had disappeared from her home in Sassoon Docks and appeared to have been strangled to death.
“We also explored the possibility of the accused being involved in human sacrifice and spoke to several tantriks. We also wondered if the dates on which the girls disappeared were linked,” said inspector Shekhar Tawde.