Four un­solved mur­ders in a month keep cops on their toes

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­

The Navi Mum­bai po­lice are strug­gling to solve four mur­der cases that took place in the last one month. In all the cases, the vic­tims’ bod­ies were found at iso­lated spots and only one of the four vic­tims has been iden­ti­fied so far.

Ac­cord­ing to the city po­lice, they have solved 48 out of 49 mur­der cases that were reg­is­tered in 2015. Like­wise, only two cases reg­is­tered in 2014 re­mained un­solved.

This year, though the sce­nario is dif­fer­ent as the cases con­tinue to pile up, with the in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cers still clue­less even about the iden­tity of all the vic­tims.

On March 13, the body of an uniden­ti­fied woman aged be­tween 20 and 25 was found along Pan­vel-Matheran Road. An auto driver spot­ted the body near Shan­ti­van Ashram and in­formed the po­lice.

In the sec­ond case, an­other uniden­ti­fied woman aged be­tween 35 and 40 was found mur­dered along rail­way tracks on March 21. She had in­jury marks on her head.

Pan­durang Khanda­gle, a 38-year-old auto rick­shaw driver from Kopar Khairane, was found mur­dered at Shil­phata Road on the night of April 3. He al­legedly got a call for a trip be­fore he was killed. He sus­tained se­ri­ous in­juries af­ter be­ing hit with hard ob­jects, the po­lice said.

In the lat­est case, an­other woman aged around 30 was found mur­dered near a ceme­tery at Mota Khanda vil­lage on Mon­day. She too has not been iden­ti­fied.

Maloji Shinde, se­nior po­lice in­spec­tor of New Pan­vel po­lice sta­tion who is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the March 13 case, said, “Since we have not re­cov­ered a photo iden­tity proof from her, we can­not say if she was a lo­cal of Pan­vel or a res­i­dent of some other area. The de­ceased was wear­ing a blue sa­ree with red bor­der and a man­gal­su­tra. There was also a flower tat­tooed on her right hand. We are co­or­di­nat­ing with all other po­lice sta­tion and ex­pect some de­vel­op­ment in this case.”

“While two cases are from city zone 1 and the other two are from zone 2. The re­spec­tive po­lice sa­ti­a­tions are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the case and we are con­fi­dent of solv­ing all th­ese cases,” said a se­nior crime branch of­fi­cial.

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