Mumbai : The Mumbai police are now looking at a possibility that the rape and murders that took place at Mankhurd and Powai on two young girls within a week may be connected. They also suspect that a paedophile may be on the loose in the area.

The first incident took place at Mankhurd when a four year-old went missing late in the evening near her house. The next morning her body was found in a swampy area on the Sion-Panvel Road. A medical examination confirmed that she had been raped and murdered.

“The girl had been subjected to a brutal sexual assault and then the assailant killed her by throttling her with a piece of cloth,” a police officer said. The next incident took place a couple of days later when another four year-old went missing while she was playing near her house, also late in the night.

The next morning her body was found in a water tank at Tunga Village by some laborers who were cleaning the area.

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4-year-old girl’s body found; police suspect murder after rape

Powai and Mankhurd rape, murders may be linked

Mumbai: The body of a four-year-old girl, who went missing near Mankhurd railway station, was found dumped in bushes near Mankhurd in eastern suburbs today, police said.

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Again, a medical examination revealed that she had been raped and then hit on the head with a hard object. “There are injury marks on her private parts and even the anal region, which suggests that the culprit might be mentally unbalanced,” an officer said.

There are other injury marks on her body and it is quite likely that she was thrown into the water tank while she was alive and died of drowning. The police have already made an arrest in the Mankhurd case and are interrogating the suspect to find out more about the Powai incident.

When asked about the Powai murder case,  AS Shaikh, assistant police commissioner (Saki Naka Division) said that they are yet  to make a breakthrough in the Powai rape and murder case.

“We are making all efforts to track down the criminal and hope to get a breakthrough very soon,” he said. When asked if the two cases could be linked, the officer said that they are looking at all possibilities.

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