Seven more detained in Kurla rape and murder cases

Seven person were today detained for questioning by police, a day after a teenager was arrested in connection with rape and murder of a minor in suburban Kurla.

Last Updated: Jul 02, 2010, 22:52 PM IST

Mumbai: Seven person were today detained for
questioning by police, a day after a teenager was arrested in
connection with rape and murder of a minor in suburban Kurla.

Javed Rehman Shaikh (19), a technician with a cable
operator, was arrested yesterday on charges of raping and
murdering an eight-year-old girl in suburban Kurla last month.

After brief questioning of Javed, "we have picked up
seven persons to probe their role in all the three cases," a
police official said.

On February 9, the body of a five-year-old girl, who was
raped and murdered, was found in a drain in Nehru Nagar. On
March 7, a nine-year-old girl was found raped and murdered on
the terrace of a building in Nehru Nagar police quarters.

Police are yet to make a breakthrough in these cases.

Meanwhile, residents in suburban Kurla are worried as the
killer of the two girls is yet to be nabbed.

"We were slightly relieved to hear that an accused
involved in rape and murder of a minor was held. But, the
rapist who killed the two minors in February and March is
still absconding. It is worrying us," said Mangesh Satam,
father of a nine-year-old girl.

Another Kurla resident Mohammed Aslam Shaikh said they
were well aware of the sketch of the suspect involved in the
killings. "The sketch is printed in our mind," he said.

Meanwhile, Mumbai Police Commissioner Sanjeev Dayal
appealed to the people to not to worry. "People need not
worry. We have not scaled down our deployment in the area.
There is a significant progress in other cases also," he said.

There were over 29 police teams, including a special team
headed by two Joint Police Commissioners, which were working
continuously to solve the remaining cases, he added.

PTI