6-yr-old identified suspect from line-up of 26 students

Jan 03, 2013, 06:39 IST | Sandip Kolhatkar

Blurred CCTV footage prompted cops to conduct identification parade after detaining 26 students from nearby junior college; victim clinged to her mother upon spotting suspect 21

Sleuths of the Hadapsar police station, who cracked the rape case of a 6-year-old girl and arrested the 18-year-old student of a private college, used good old detective skills to zero in on the suspect in record time, though they had little evidence to go with. 

Pervert: The accused — a Std XII student — being brought to Hadapsar police station. Pic/Krunal Gosavi

The sleuths said that they had detained 26 students from a particular college, who are all residents of MHADA colony, and then conducted a police line-up of the detained students.  The victim and her mother were taken to the police station and the suspects were produced for identification. When suspect number 21 was brought in, the victim clung on to her mother and buried her face in her bosom, which was enough for the sleuths to know that they had got their man.

On Tuesday morning around 7.30 am, the minor had gone along with her 4-year-old cousin to answer the call of nature, when Abhishek Shinde forced himself upon her in the bushes near MHADA colony.  The CCTV footage recovered from a housing society is grainy, which made it difficult for the investigating officers to identify the suspect seen taking the minor away.

The sleuths were however able to make out that the suspect was wearing a white shirt and black trousers, and he had a knapsack on his back and realised that he was a student from a nearby junior college.  “During the investigation, we only had the CCTV footage, which was quite blurred and out of focus. Taking note of his mannerisms, walking style and uniform colour, our investigating led us to the college. We detained around 26 students, who are residents of the MHADA colony and the surrounding areas,” said Inspector Raghunath Jadhav of Hadapsar police station.

He added that they produced all the detained students before the girl, who immediately identified the suspect. Shinde was once again produced before the victim at Sassoon Hospital, where she has been admitted, and she confirmed that he was the rapist.  “The moment we showed her detainee number 21, she got scared and clung to her mother. She later confirmed that he was the one,” Jadhav said.

According to the inspector, Shinde is still giving vague answers during questioning.  Shinde was produced before the Cantonment Court yesterday where Judicial Magistrate First Class, Vinay Muglikar, remanded him in police custody till January 10.  While seeking police custody, Public Prosecutor, B R Patil told the court that police need to recover the clothes the accused was wearing at the time he committed the crime, and also that they would need to conduct a medical examination of the suspect. 

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