Chennai: A day after a city police team rounded up 24-year-old Dhashwanth in Mumbai, an accused in the child rape and murder case wanted for the murder of his mother too, he managed to give a slip to the police and escaped from custody there. City police confirmed that he escaped with handcuffs from a hotel near the airport after claiming to attend nature’s call. After producing him at a court in Mumbai for a transit warrant, the police team was about to take him to the airport when he escaped from custody, police sources said.
Police are confident of nabbing Dhashwanth as he escaped with handcuffs and have sought help from the Mumbai police to locate him. Dhashwanth was rounded by a special team headed by Kundrathur police inspector Charles near Chembur on Wednesday evening. Dhashwanth’s inclination to bet on race horses, a hobby he acquired from his father, Sekar, is said to have helped police in narrowing down the places where he would have left to after absconding. After scanning through the racecourses within the state, a team was sent to Chembur in Maharash-tra and Dhashwant was found there, police said.
Last Saturday, Dhashwanth’s mother, Sarala was bludgeoned to death in her house in Kundrathur. Jewellery worth 200 grams and her son, who was out on bail, went missing from the house pointing the needle of suspicion towards Dashwanth. Meanwhile, police also found that he approached two persons he acquainted while in prison to help him pledge the jewels before escaping to Mumbai. The 24-year-old who was arrested for the rape and murder of a seven-year-old girl in February this year was granted bail in September.