The body of a three-year-old girl was found floating in the sea near Maker Tower (L) in Cuffe Parade,Mumbai,on Thursday morning. Police sources said that a post-mortem examination revealed that the girl had been raped and strangled.
The report said she was raped and strangled. The body was thrown into the sea, said a police officer.
The girl had reportedly gone missing from her house around 2 am and the family had approached the police around 4 am to register a missing persons complaint. The body was found around 8.30 am after a person alerted the police.
The girl stayed with her mothers grandparents in Ambedkar Nagar while her mother stayed with her second husband at Shiv Shakti Nagar. We suspect the womans first husband,who is also the girls father,to be involved in her death, said Assistant Commissioner of Police (Colaba Division) Iqbal Shaikh. The girls father,a driver with a delivery firm,is reportedly absconding. Officers revealed that the 30-year-old is also a resident of Ambedkar Nagar.
Shaikh said the police started suspecting his involvement in the crime after the girls mother told them about a telephonic conversation she had with him a few days ago. A few days ago,she had called up her first husband and asked him if he wanted the custody of their daughter. She told him that she would sign the requisite papers but he refused and told her to wait for two days and see what happens. The girl was found dead two days later, Shaikh said. The girl was sleeping next to her great-grandmother,who claims that she woke up around 2 am to find her missing.
Sources said platoons of State Reserve Police Force have been deployed at the Cuffe Parade police station,fearing violence by residents.