Mumbai: Clearing the clouds of doubt that had engulfed the arrest of ‘alleged’ Kurla psycho killer, Mumbai Police on Thursday in a press conference said that the man had been arrested on the basis of concrete DNA evidence.
“The man, Ahmed Rehman Javed Shekh, whose skin samples were matched with those found in the nails of the victim Nusrat Sheikh, also hails from Nehru Nagar, Kurla,” the police said.
“The man has been sent to 14 days police custody and at this point his involvement in just one case has been established”, Mumbai Police spokesperson informed.
The killer is 19-year-old Javed Shaikh and was arrested on the basis of sketch and eyewitness accounts.
The latest victim was nine-year-old Nusrat Sheikh, who had gone missing on June 6 and her body was later found inside a room in an abandoned building on June 19.
The first victim was five-year-old Sania Sikander Khan. She was kidnapped on February 9; her body was recovered from the terrace of a building in the police residential quarters in the area.
After Sania, nine-year-old Anita Jaiswal was found missing on March 7. Her dead body was later recovered from a drain.
"We arrested 19-year-old Javed Shaikh and presented him in the Vikhroli Court. He has been remanded to police custody for 14 days," said Zonal Deputy Commissioner of Police Dilip Sawant.
However, there seems to be a lack of clarity on whether Javed is indeed the serial killer as Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan, while confirming the breakthrough, has made it clear that the arrested man is conclusively linked only to the murder of Nusrat.
The killer had, last week, challenged police that he would continue to commit the crime and said `main July six ko vapas aaunga, rok sake to roklo` (I will come back to Nehru Nagar area on July 06, stop me if you can).