Mumbai: The Mumbai Crime Branch has finally made a breakthrough in the murder case of a 23-year-old software professional as it arrested one person from Nashik on Monday morning.
The suspect was produced before magistrate court in Mumbai in the afternoon and sent to police custody till March 15.
Mumbai CP Rakesh Maria said that the police had recovered the victim's trolley bag from a village near Nashik. He said the suspect had given the bag to a beggar woman there.
The police also said that it could not confirm sexual assault on the victim. "He (the suspect) says he did not sexually assault her. This is still under investigation," Maria said.
Explaining how the crime took place, Maria said, "The accused pretended to be a taxi driver and lured the victim to come to the parking lot of the Kurla railway station. After reaching the parking lot, the victim realised that the accused did not have a car but a bike. she was initially hesitant but later agreed to take a bike ride home with the accused. The accused convinced her by giving his mobile and bike number to the victim. the victim had no balance on her mobile but she pretended to make a few calls. Once they reached the Eastern Express Highway, the accused moved the bike to the service road and tried to rob her of her belongings. When the victim resisted, he beat her and banged her head on the ground and strangulated her with a scarf."
Family members of the victim are likely to meet Maria today. Her uncle told CNN-IBN, "It's been a very very long wait for the family. I cannot explain the trauma that her father and mother have gone through. After seeing this incident, we feel very insecure in Mumbai."
The young IT professional went missing on January 5 but the investigation started much later with Kurla railway police squabbling over the jurisdiction issue. Under pressure, the Mumbai Police had declared that four suspects were detained but days later, they were let off.