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No arrest yet in Vile Parle rape-murder case

Vile Parle police said they have questioned close to 400 people, including the victim’s family, friends and neighbours, but there have been no arrests.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai |
December 14, 2016 2:13:50 am

A WEEK on, police are yet to make an arrest in connection with the rape and murder of a 25-year-old physiotherapist in Vile Parle East and have made the case their “top priority”, they said Tuesday.

Vile Parle police said they have questioned close to 400 people, including the victim’s family, friends and neighbours, but there have been no arrests.

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“There are two possibilities in the case. Either a robber could have committed the crime or someone who was close to the victim. We have formed multiple teams investigating this case round the clock. The deputy commissioner of police is reviewing it daily. It is a top priority,” said Prakash Ghavane, divisional assistant commissioner of police (ACP) at Vile Parle police station Tuesday.

The police had earlier ruled out robbery angle as nothing expensive was stolen on the night of the incident. Police believed accused was someone who knew the victim and had been interrogating the victim’s friends and a neighbour who was her mother’s acquaintance.

Police have also investigated people with criminal records and drug dealers from the area but have not received any leads. The crime branch is conducting a parallel probe, police said.

“We have not made any arrest but investigation is on the right track. Case is not going slow,” the ACP said.

However, the fact that police have not yet made an arrest has put them under pressure.

“There is a lot of pressure on us. It is our responsibility,” said an officer at Vile Parle police station. The police say they are still waiting for the forensic report.

Meanwhile, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson Shaina NC met the ACP and the senior police inspector at Vile Parle police station Tuesday and sought an expeditious investigation.

She alleged insensitivity shown by the police and the press in handling the issue.

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