Almost after a month, the Meghwadi police have managed to crack the case of a six-year-old girl, who was kidnapped and raped. A 34-year-old man from Telengana was arrested in connection with the case. The six-year-old survivor was allegedly kidnapped on July 5.
The arrested has been identified as Shimi Srinivasan (34), a worker, working in a Jogeshwari-based garment factory. According to the police, Sirnivasan stayed in the same locality of the girl. On July 5, she had accompanied her parents for shopping. While her parents were busy shopping, the girl suddenly disappeared. Her parents searched for their daughter but once they could not find her, they registered a missing person complaint. Later, a passerby saw the minor lying on the Jogeshwari-Vikroli Link Road.
According to the police, the accused after the crime had fled to Telengana, after which his brother had also filed a missing person complaint. During the investigation, the police found out that Srinivasan had earlier tried to molest a girl in the MIDC area. The police tracked down Srinivasan and brought him to Mumbai. They then carried out a forensic test on Srinivasan, to ascertain his role in the crime. Senior police inspector Santosh Bhandare, said, "The bite mark on the survivor's lips matched with the Srinivasan's teeth. We had also conducted a potency test on him, which was positive."
The police have booked Srinivasan for rape and kidnapping, apart from other relevant sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, following which he was placed under arrest.