The police had already closed the case after investigations had not yielded any results. Ramchandra Sharma, the accused, who used to earlier sell paan near the Metro junction, is 65 years old today. He told the police that he does not remember killing the newborn. Sharma, a married man, was in a relationship with Chandrakala Jadhav, who delivered the baby, said the police.
After committing the murder, Sharma buried the body in a public place at Dharavi. The case came to light when Azad Maidan police received a tipoff about the murder. They picked up Sharma and during his interrogation, he admitted to the murder and showed the place where he had buried the body.
The body was exhumed and send for a post-mortem report which confirmed that the baby had been strangulated to death. Subsequently, the police had arrested Sharma as well as Jadhav for murder and destruction of evidence. Three and a half months later, Sharma had procured bail and then disappeared from the city. Investigating officer Babasaheb Misal said courts had issued summons against Sharma but he had remained untraceable. A police team had also visited his hometown, Budgono in Gyanpur district of Uttar Pradesh, but could not find him.
Jadhav died in 1989 and the case was closed soon after.
The police recently received a tipoff that Sharma’s son from his wife worked in Mumbai. “We made inquiries with his son, his three brothers and his friends who gave us evasive replies. We got their call data records and found an Uttar Pradesh number. We worked on it and traced Sharma in UP. He will be produced in court on Sunday,” said an officer.
It will a “big challenge” for Mumbai police to produce evidence and witnesses in the court of law, an officer added.