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Mother of rape case accused murdered

Daswant

Daswant  

Police looking for Daswant, who is out on bail in the case relating to assault, murder of 7-year-old

Police suspect that the 23-year-old youth, Daswant, who was charged with raping and murdering a seven-year-old girl in Mugalivakkam last February, murdered his mother at their house near Kundrathur. Leaving her in a pool of blood, he took away all the jewellery and money in the house, police said.

Daswant is out on bail now and facing trial before a sessions court in Chengalpattu for murdering the girl. He has been living with his parents — Sekar, 50, and Sarala, 42, on Sambandan Street in Kundrathur.

Sekar went to work in the morning while Daswant and Sarala were at home. Some time later, Sekar tried calling his wife, but there was no response. His suspicion grew stronger when Daswant reportedly switched off his phone. Sekar then called his daughter, who lives nearby, and asked her to check. She rushed there immediately only to find her mother in a pool of blood. Her brother was missing.

Police personnel from Kundrathur reached the spot and found that the woman had been murdered with a blunt object. The various objects at the house were in a state of disarray. Senior police officers inspected the spot and forensic experts collected fingerprint samples.

Pestering for money

The police said Daswant had been bothering his parents for money. As they refused to heed his demands, he was annoyed. He reportedly asked them for money on Saturday morning

“We strongly suspect that he is the killer since he was the only person with his mother from morning. His motorcycle also is not to be found. The investigation is still on,” said an officer. “We have launched a manhunt to nab him,” added the officer.

Last February, the Mangadu police arrested Daswant after he raped and killed the seven-year-old girl, who lived nearby.

On February 5, when her parents were away, Daswant lured the child who was playing outside, and raped her. When she raised an alarm, he killed her, hid her body in his house for a day and took it out in a travel bag unnoticed by anyone in the flat. He flung the body under a bridge. The next day, he went back to the spot and burnt it. Posing as a passer-by, he also alerted the police control room. The accused had also spoken to a television crew regarding the brutal crime before he was arrested. CCTV footage and other evidence prompted the police to suspect Daswant and arrested him.

In connection with the case, Daswant was detained under the Goondas Act by the city police. His detentionwas revoked by the Madras High Court since the detaining authority had not followed the procedure. He was released on bail by a sessions court in Chengalpattu.

The police have filed charge sheet against him and he is facing trial.

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