Malad murder: Accused planned to kill daughter, not elderly, say cops

Wednesday, 14 November 2012 - 6:57am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA
Giversingh Devda, who was arrested by the Mumbai crime branch in connection with the murder of 78-year-old Nirmala Vohra, has told the police that he had gone to the victim’s Malad residence with the intention of killing her daughter, Chetna.

Pappu alias Giversingh Devda, 20, who was arrested by the Mumbai crime branch in connection with the murder of 78-year-old Nirmala Vohra, has told the police that he had gone to the victim’s Malad residence with the intention of killing her daughter, Chetna.

Devda told the interrogators that he had worked at Chetna’s juice shop for 22 days, and the woman would humiliate him for the smallest mistakes he made. Devda further told the police that Chetna refused to pay him for the days that he had worked for her. This made him furious, and he decided to take revenge.

“Devda had gone to Vohra’s house late in the night with the intention of killing Chetna and making away with the cash and valuables. However, when he reached there, he learnt that Chetna was out. Since he had already chalked out the plan, he did not want to back out, which was why he killed Chetna’s mother and ransacked the house,” said a crime branch officer.

Devda, who is currently in the custody of the Malad police, managed to sell most of the jewellery he had stolen at jewellery stores in Udaipur, from where he was arrested by the crime branch personnel.

Devda, originally from Rajasthan, had quit his job at the juice shop in September this year, after which he was unemployed. On November 4, the day the crime took place, Devda bought a knife from a shop near Malad station and roamed around with it for hours, patiently waiting for the time Chetna would return home so he could strike.

He ended up killing Nirmala Vohra by slitting her throat, and then made away with cash and ornaments collectively worth nearly Rs12lakh. To evade arrest, he took a train to Rajasthan the very same day.


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