Labourer blud­geons su­per­vi­sor to death, steals card, with­draws ₹ 65k

Takes ₹ 30,000 From ATM Within 30 Mins Of Mur­der: Po­lice

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES CITY - Ma­teen.Hafeez@ times­group.com

Mum­bai: A labourer was ar­rested on Thurs­day for al­legedly mur­der­ing the site su­per­vi­sor at a con­struc­tion site in Ban­draKurla Com­plex and flee­ing with his debit card and mo­bile phone. Within half an hour of the mur­der on May 4, the ac­cused, Shadab alias Rahul (33), with­drew Rs 30,000 from the vic­tim’s bank ac­count in three trans­ac­tions from an ATM kiosk in BKC, said the po­lice. He later with­drew Rs 35,000 in two trans­ac­tions—one in Nashik and the other in Ja­balpur in Mad­hya Pradesh—tak­ing the to­tal to Rs 65,000.

“Manoj Singh (24), who was in charge of over 250 labour­ers, had a sep­a­rate room at the con­struc­tion site,” said an of­fi­cer from BKC po­lice sta­tion. “On May 4, around 1pm, Singh was hav­ing lunch alone in his room. A few hours later, some labour­ers came to talk to him, but found the room locked. They alerted other su­per­vi­sors at the site, who in­formed the po­lice.” When the po­lice broke open the door, they found Singh ly­ing on the floor bleed­ing from the head and a 3-ft iron rod next to him. He was taken to hospi­tal where he was pro­nounced ‘brought dead’. “He was hit at least six times of the head with the iron rod,” said the of­fi­cer.

Zonal DCP Anil Kumb­hare formed a team, led by se­nior in­spec­tor Kal­pana Gadekar, com­pris­ing of­fi­cers Sa­gar Shivalkar, Pradeep Khanvilkar and Bhag­want Garande. “We ques­tioned all labour­ers and found one labourer, Shadab, miss­ing. Dur­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion, we found that Singh’s debit card, mo­bile phone and some other be­long­ings were miss­ing,” said the of­fi­cer. “When we checked Singh’s debit card re- cords, we found five trans­ac­tions were made in three days—three in BKC on the day of the mur­der, one in Nashik and one in Ja­balpur.” CCTV footage from the ATM kiosk at BKC showed Shadab with­draw­ing the money. “We picked him up from his res­i­dence in Jhark­hand and re­cov­ered Singh’s phone and debit card,” said the po­lice of­fi­cer.

Dur­ing in­ter­ro­ga­tion, Shadab told the po­lice that last month he had ac­com­pa­nied Singh to an ATM kiosk and had seen the lat­ter’s debit card PIN. “Since then, I was try­ing to steal his card. I got my chance on May 4, when all labour­ers went for lunch. I en­tered Singh’s room, hit him re­peat­edly with an iron rod, stole his card and phone and fled,” Shadab re­port­edly told the BKC po­lice.

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