THE PAEDOPHILE OF MUMBAI
CONVICTED: Sevenyear jail term for Ayaz Mohammad Ali Ansari, 37, in April 2017 for molestation and rape of two minors; 25 cases under investigation now
PROFILE: Blind in one eye, with a limping gait; he would steal and sell mobile phones to procure drugs; no permanent address; visited the Haji Malang dargah after each crime
ON RECORD: Kept a tab on middle-class localities; stalked minor girls; introduced himself as a family friend with urgent messages for their fathers. He would take them to a secluded spot, molest and rape at knife point and leave them bleeding
Typically, a loner, a master manipulator. who does not trust anyone. Inspector Dinesh Kshirsagar, who interrogated Ansari after his arrest in 2015, says he never travelled by public transport, never used mobile phones and never shared personal information even with family and friends
VICTIM: On April 21, 2015, a five-year-old victim identified him from a line-up of police photographs as the ‘uncle’ she had seen in a garment shop she used to go to with her mother. He had picked her up when she went to a grocery shop alone. CCTV footage showed a man first talking to the child and then carrying her away in his arms. She was found bleeding by the roadside and needed two surgeries.