Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI -

THANE: A 41-year-old woman and her daugh­ter, tried on charges of mur­der­ing their ser­vant and de­stroy­ing ev­i­dence, were ac­quit­ted by a lo­cal court which gave them the “ben­e­fit of doubt”.

Mi­nal Kirit Zaveri ran an eatery at Bhayan­der. Her 18-year-old daugh­ter Apeksha was in love with their ser­vant Man­garam Ne­maran Devasi, who stayed with them and earned Rs7,000-Rs8,000 a month. The woman wanted her daugh­ter to get mar­ried to him.

How­ever, the ser­vant’s mar­riage had been fixed and he was to quit this job and pro­ceed to home. The pros­e­cu­tion al­leged that on May 11, 2010, the two stran­gu­lated Devasi to death. There are no eye wit­nesses to the in­ci­dent. There was no mo­tive be­hind the com­mis­sion of crime, the judge noted while ac­quit­ting the two.

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