The Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG), Dr O P Mishra, on Saturday, said that the Crime Branch team, which comprises of ten sub-teams, is investigating all possible angles to detect the case of rape on 7-year-old school girl from Headland-Sada.
Speaking to the media, Dr Mishra disclosed that “the criminal involved in the rape case has a broad canvas and the Crime Branch team is registering all the relevant sections against those people who are involved in heinous crime.”
He also said that the Crime Branch has registered offence against the management of the school for destroying evidence as they washed the clothes and tried to give bath to the victim when they found her bleeding, following the incident of rape.
The DIG interacted with the parents of the victim and also the neighbours and has briefed them over the process of investigation.
He was accompanied by Superintendent of Police, South, Mr Shekhar Prabhudessai, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Crime Branch, Mr Nilu Raut Dessai and Mr Sammy Tavares. The Deputy Superintendent of Police, Vasco, Mr Lawrence D’Souza and Crime Branch, PI, Ms Sunita Sawant were also present with them during his visit to the parents and neighbours.
The DIG said that it is the moral responsibility of the police to appraise the complainant about the status and progress in the case.
He disclosed that the parents are hesitating to send their children to school in view of the rape incident.
He told that the parents of the school children and the neighbours of the victim will be submitting a representation to the MPT chairman, Mr P Mara Pandiyan.
After receiving the copy of the memorandum, Dr Mishra said that he would forward it to the Director General of Police, who will then question the MPT chairman over adoption of security measures in the school premises.
He also disclosed that a lady police officer of the Crime Branch is in constant touch with the family members of the victim and that she is constantly giving the feedback to the investigating police officers.
Meanwhile, the Power Minister, Mr Milind Naik, on Saturday, took the neighbours, agitated parents and the mother of the victim to the Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Parrikar, who assured that justice would be done to the victim and her family members and his government is constantly following up the issue with the police department. [NT]