Cops Suspect 4-Year-Old Was Killed By A Leopard
Mumbai: Forty hours after a four-year-old girl went missing from Aarey Colony in Goreagon (East), remains of her body were discovered on Wednesday afternoon by a police search team and locals. Cops said they suspect the girl was attacked and killed by a leopard.
Muthuvel Harijan (37) lodged a complaint with Aarey police after his daughter, Darshani, went missing around 9.30pm on Monday . A kidnapping case was lodged since all missing cases of children are now treated as such.
Harijan, who works with a private firm, is a resident of Bhavani Nagar in Aarey Milk Colony , Goregaon (East). He has an older son, Gokul, aged six. Harijan told TOI: “On May 8, my daughter had dinner with us and went outside to wash her hands. When she did not return, we launched a search for her but in vain. Her remains have been found. We will get to collect them from the hospital on Thursday morning."
He said the locals have said his child was attacked by a leopard and that he did not suspect any foul play.
Deven Bharti, joint commissioner of police, law and order, said five teams fanned out on Tuesday for the search ope ration and a drone was used too.
“Soon after receiving the complaint, we formed police teams and launched a hunt for the girl. Some 20 to 25 police personnel, locals and members of Prani Mitra Group, which studies leopards and wildlife, participated in the search operation. They found the remains of her body around 12.45pm on Wednesday in the jungle. Darshani’s father has identified them,” said zonal DCP Dr Vi nay Rathor. Cops have registered a case of accidental death after the body was found. “We have sent the body to Shatabadi Hospital for a post-mortem and are waiting for the final report,” added Rathor.
While some locals suspected a case of human sacrifice, police ruled out the possibility.
“We don’t think so and neither has Prani Mitra Group indicated any such thing. However, we will speak once we get the autopsy report,” said an official.
The Times of India, May 11, 2017