The crime branch has seized the mobile phones of the three allegedly involved in the suspected murder of a woman in Malshej ghat in August. Her husband was caught by the police with illegal arms. He confessed to having killed his wife with the trio’s help.
The mobile phone location of the accused and the deceased confirmed that they were in Malshej on the day of the incident. No murder case has been registered as the body is yet to be recovered.
According to sources, Santosh Rajput, 25, a criminal, was arrested by a team of crime branch officers from the MIDC area with a firearm on November 30. During interrogation, Rajput said he had murdered his wife Divya on August 29 with the help of Sanjeev Patil, Nitin Shinde and Jayesh Chavan and dumped her body in Malshej ghat in Thane (rural).
He also said he was upset as Divya did not bail him out in a robbery case a few years ago and suspected her of having an affair with another man.
The crime branch arrested Patil on Monday night and handed him over to the Ambernath police for his alleged involvement in an attempt-to-murder case of a corporator there.
“Rajput convinced Divya to accompany him to Shirdi in a car on August 29. Chavan was driving the vehicle. They picked up Divya, took her to Dadar and then to Nalasopara. Later, Shinde and Patil joined them. As per Rajput, it was Patil who slit Divya’s throat,” said a crime branch source. He added that after the incident, Rajput had destroyed his and Divya’s mobile phones.
“We have seized the phones of Patil, Chavan and Shinde. The location of these phones on August 29 was the Malshej area. We got Divya’s phone number and the location of this number too shows an area between Dadar and Malshej and not beyond. We are yet to recover the weapon used,” the officer said.
The police also said that while returning from Malshej, Patil, Chavan and Shinde had switched off their mobile phones. After the crime, Rajput has been using phones borrowed from his friends and relatives. Rajput was taken to the spot in Malshej on Thursday by the police for panchanama.
“A case of murder will be registered with Tokawde police station in this regard on Friday,” said Anil Kumbhare, superintendent of police, Thane (rural).
Supari to kill builder
After having allegedly murdered Divya, the gang had taken supari to kill a Virar-based builder, police sources said on Thursday. “The group had procured five weapons for the job and was specifically asked to shoot the builder. They entered the builder’s office twice in November, but didn’t find him there. We are on the lookout for the person who gave supari,” said a source.