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Dhasvanth had absconded from Chennai on Saturday after his mother had been found bludgeoned to death.

Four days after Dhasvanth, the man accused of sexual assault and murder of 7-year-old Hasini and suspected of killing his mother, has been arrested in Mumbai on Wednesday.

According to reports, a special force has arrested Dhasvanth in Mumbai and is waiting for a transit warrant to bring him to Chennai.

A police source told TNM that a team of three police officers including the investigating officer had gone to Mumbai three days ago. Knowing that Dhasvanth is fond of betting on race horses, the team has been stationed at the Race Course in Chembur. On Wednesday, Dhasvanth had turned up at the Race Course. It was then that the Chennai special team nabbed him. Following this, the police informed their counterparts in Mumbai.

Dhasvanth went missing on Saturday from his Kundrathur residence in Chennai soon after his mother, 45-year-old Sarala was found bludgeoned to death.

The police suspect that Dhasvanth had killed his mother and had run away with her jewellery and money from the house.

James and David, both history sheeters, have reportedly said in their testimony that they tried to help Dhasvanth sell the jewellery but did not know that his mother was dead. And while this has led police to further suspect Dhasvanth's role in the murder, one investigating official told TNM that it is hard to believe that he would kill his own mother.

Police had suspected that Dhasvanth had taken a long-distance train from Chennai Central and have been on his tail for the past four days.

According to Deccan Chronicle, Dhashvanth's father has accused him of murdering his own mother, because he was irate that his mother refused to give him money.

23-year-old Dhashvanth has been out on bail in the Hasini case since September. He procured bail on a technical ground after his father went to court claiming that the Chennai police cannot impose Goondas Act on him. In February this year, 7-year-old Hasini was found murdered and Dhasvanth was suspected of sexually assaulting her and then killing her.

The trial in the Hasini murder case was set to begin at a court in Chengalpet on Tuesday. While the magistrate was on leave on Tuesday, the case was adjourned on Wednesday as Dhasvanth was missing in the case.

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