City police capture Daswant in Mumbai

City police capture Daswant in Mumbai

S Daswant, who allegedly raped and killed a seven-year-old girl in Chennai and then murdered his own mother, has managed to escape the Tamil Nadu police's clutches just a day after his arrest in Mumbai.

Last Saturday, Dhashwanth's mother, Sarala was bludgeoned to death in her house in Kundrathur.

On Wednesday, a team led by Kundrathur inspector Charles nabbed Dashvanth from the Chembur Race Course, checked into a hotel in Vile Parle, 5km from Mumbai airport, and approached a court for a transit warrant to bring him to Chennai.

Yesterday, the cops were escorting him back to Chennai, and they chose to stop at a hotel in Vile Parle for lunch. A senior Chennai police officer said, "We hope to narrow down on the suspect by tonight with the help of the Mumbai police". All police stations in Mumbai have put on alert and nakabandis have been set up at major junctions in the city. City police confirmed that he escaped with handcuffs from a hotel near the airport after claiming to attend nature's call.

Daswant is an unemployed techie, said to have been involved in minor crimes such as bike theft before he raped the seven-year-old in February.

However, in September, he was released on bail on a technicality, after his father filed an appeal stating that Daswant could not be arrested under the Goondas Act. ubsequently, a special women's court framed charges against him in the rape and murder case, and the trial was scheduled to begin on December 5. He hid her body for a day before stuffing it in a travel bag and burning it under a bridge.

According to police sources, Dashwanth was handcuffed when he escaped from the police custody. The shocked police personnel ran behind him, but Dashvanth had vanished.