Bandra torso probe helps police trace 25 other missing women

Tuesday, 26 November 2013 - 10:57am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA

The Bandra police, who have been investigating the mysterious discovery of a woman’s torso two months ago, have not made headway in the case, but have succeeded in finding 25 women who were reported missing across the region.

The police said on Monday that these 25 women are aged between 20 and 40 years and most of them were from Mumbai. Only a few were from neighbouring Thane.

These cases were solved during investigations by six teams set up by Cherring Dorje, deputy commissioner of police (Zone IX) to probe into the finding of the woman’s torso near the Bandra-Worli Sea Link, off the Mahim creek, on September 22, 2013.

The woman’s body had been stuffed into a gunny bag that was found by rag-pickers.

Subsequently, a case of murder was registered against unidentified persons.

The police say they have not made much progress in this case, but have put together information on about 200 cases of missing women registered in the past few years.

“Special police teams were formed at every police station in Zone IX to look into all missing person cases across the city and neighbouring areas. During the investigations, we found 200 women (aged between 20 and 40 years) missing in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and Thane district,” said police inspector Rajendra Kane.

The teams visited all the police stations across Mumbai and Thane and met the families of several missing persons. “We managed to solve 25 cases, but have not got any clue about the Bandra victim,” Kane added.

Now, the cops have decided to collect DNA samples of  members of families that have reported a woman missing who may match the description of the Bandra victim. In this manner, the police hope to find a match for the samples of the woman and thus ascertain her identity.

“As of now, we have taken seven or eight DNA samples and these have been sent to the Kalina forensic laboratory. The forensic report is expected to be out within a month,” said another police officer. The woman, whose torso was found in Bandra, was dressed in a black top and blue mini-skirt.

“Sometimes, when a person leaves the house in a huff, family members do not approach the police. So, we’re looking at possibilities and have appealed to people to come forward with any information they might have,” Kane said.

Lost and found
The torso of a woman was found in a gunny bag near the Bandra-Worli Sea Link on September 22, 2013

To help probe the case, special teams were set up at all police stations in Zone IX to probe missing person cases across the city and neighbouring areas

The cops were not able to make any headway in the probe, but found 25 women who have been missing over the past few years

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