Banker’s mur­der: Ac­cused had tried to rob two oth­ers be­fore

Has state­ments of the 2 who es­caped, ac­cused Sar­faraj Shaikh’s fin­ger­prints

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - HTMETRO - HT Cor­re­spon­dent

MUMBAI: The po­lice have filed a charge sheet in the case of bank ex­ec­u­tive Sid­dharth Sanghvi’s mur­der, on Fri­day.

Sanghvi was a vice-pres­i­dent at HDFC Bank and was killed dur­ing an al­leged at­tempted rob­bery on Septem­ber 5. The po­lice said the charge sheet in­cludes the fin­ger­prints of the ac­cused, Sar­faraj Shaikh, along with state­ments of cru­cial wit­nesses. Deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice Abi­nash Ku­mar con­firmed that the charge sheet had been filed on Fri­day, but did not share de­tails say­ing this could pose a risk to the wit­nesses named in it.

Ac­cord­ing to the po­lice, Shaikh, 20, has con­fessed to mur­der­ing Sanghvi be­cause he needed money to pay monthly in­stal­ments for a bike he had bought. Shaikh, who worked as a fab­ri­ca­tor in the Ka­mala Mills com­pound, had ini­tially planned to com­mit a rob­bery in the park­ing lot as he had no­ticed no se­cu­rity guard was on duty in the evenings.

The po­lice said that be­fore tar­get­ing Sanghvi, Shaikh had at­tempted to rob two other peo­ple in the same com­pound, but had failed. The two peo­ple are a busi­ness­man’s son and a chauf­feur

of an ex­pen­sive car (Shaikh had mis­tak­enly thought he was the owner). Both these men’s state­ments have been in­cluded in the charge sheet, said a po­lice of­fi­cer on con­di­tion of anonymity. The po­lice said that on Septem­ber 5, when Sanghvi came down to the park­ing lot around 7.30pm, Shaikh threat­ened him at knife point. When Sanghvi

was about to raise an alarm, Shaikh pan­icked and slit Sanghvi’s throat. Shaikh also al­legedly stabbed Sanghvi three to four times. In the process, Shaikh sus­tained a mi­nor in­jury on his wrist from his own knife and his blood stain was found at the crime scene and was later matched, said an of­fi­cial in the foren­sic depart­ment.

Shaikh then placed Sanghvi’s body in the leg space at the back and drove the car to Kalyan where he dumped his body on

Haji Malang Road. Later, he parked Sanghiv’s car at Kopar Khairane, a few kilo­me­ters away from Shaikh’s res­i­dence. He left the mur­der weapon in the car and fled with Sanghvi’s phone, which he would later use to con­tact Sanghvi’s fa­ther. The po­lice were able to trace Shaikh be­cause of the phone. Shaikh was ar­rested on Septem­ber 9.

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