Citizens beware! A child molester is on the prowl in the western suburbs. The suspect is in his early 30s and targets girls under the age of 10 in deserted lanes and shantytowns. He has a unique identification mark: one of his eyes is damaged. It is completely white, and whether it is artificial or not is ambiguous.
Cops have been asked to put up the sketch of the accused at public places, especially, at secluded spots
Cops have mounted a massive manhunt in the suburbs, after incidents were reported and cases registered in various suburbs such as Bandra, Kherwadi, Santacruz, Oshiwara, Versova, Goregaon and so forth.
A circular by Additional CP (West Region) Vishwas Nangre-Patil has been sent out to the police stations concerned, stating that a sketch of the accused must be put up at several public places, specially isolated spots, alleys and slums. The circular further states that the police starts combing operations and trace the accused soon.
3 months ago...
The first incident involving the accused was reported in Santacruz in October. The suspect approached an 8-year-old girl, and after telling her he was her father’s friend, took her to an isolated place, stripped and molested her, and fled the spot. The traumatised child told her parents about the incident after which a case was registered with Vakola police. The police rounded up several drug addicts and habitual offenders but none was identified by the girl. The police then made a sketch of the accused, based on the description provided by the girl. It was sent out to all the suburban police stations.
During the course of investigations, the sleuths came upon similar cases lodged with other police stations in which the accused had been identified, peculiarly, with his damaged eye. An officer from Bandra police station said on the condition of anonymity, “There are many such cases and some may not even have been registered.” Inspector Ravindra Sawant of Vakola police station said, “If anyone locates him, they should inform the nearest police station immediately.”
In March last year, 25-year-old Raju Jadhav, a BMC contract-cleaner, was arrested by Vakola police for molesting several girls in the area over four months. His targets were in the same age bracket as that of the victims of the accused the police are currently hunting. After MiD DAY’s report on Jadhav, he was externed and the investigating officer in the case was suspended.