48 hours on, police hunt in the dark for rape accused


Over 48 hours after the 7-year-old girl was raped in a school toilet in Vasco, police are clueless over the identity of the accused. No arrest had been made till late Wednesday night.
Confusion is so high that police on Wednesday released a second sketch of the person accused of raping the girl and have begun a state-wide hunt for him. The second sketch, police sources said, is based on additional information gathered during their investigation.
Deputy inspector general of police (DIG) O P Mishra said the second sketch is similar to the first one but has some added physical features, which have emerged during the investigation. Mishra met with the North Goa district police brass regarding the Vasco case. Speaking to TOI, Mishra said, "We have directed the North Goa SP, DySPs and PIs to brief the staff of LIB, local CID, informers about the accused."
Police have been directed to activate all their resources to gather information about accused, Mishra said. Crime branch, which is investigating the case, has interrogated teachers, the headmistress and sweepers of the school, who had seen the accused loitering in the premises.
Police also visited houses in Vasco, Baina, Sada and Mormugao but failed to trace the accused. "Police visited companies, tenanted houses and STD booths to search for the accused," police sources said.
The mother of the child told a local TV channel that the school headmistress informed her that the child was given a wash after they got to know of the incident. Police sources told TOI that this aspect is also part of the investigations, since doctors felt that this could amount to destruction of evidence. DGP Kishan Kumar on Wednesday morning reviewed the progress of investigation in the case.
On Monday, a 7-year-old girl studying in Class II of a Vasco school was allegedly raped in the school toilet. Police have registered an offence under Section 447, 376 IPC and sec (2) of Goa Children's Act and Sec 3 of Protection of Children From Sexual Offences Act 2012. [TOI]