A nude photo of his wife in his cousin’s mobile phone told him enough to gather his friends, orchestrate a plot involving Holi, bhang and consequent inebriation, and bludgeon his cousin to death, before dumping his body in the murky waters of the Malwani creek. On Thursday, three young men were arrested on charges of murdering a 21-year-old man and dumping his body in the creek.
The case came on the cops’ radar when an informer tipped them off about a murder that had been committed in the mangrove swamp near the creek on Holi. Malwani police looked up their records for missing persons, and found that Kamlesh Yadav, a resident of New Collector Compound, had been missing since Holi celebrations back in March 6.
Quizzing Kamlesh’s relatives, cops learnt that his cousin Virendra Yadav (21) was his neighbour, and was locked in a fierce property dispute with Kamlesh’s family. They then detained Virendra, who confessed that he and his friends Rizwan Shaikh (18) and Mohammed Israr alias Bobby (21) had lured Kamlesh to the spot, after getting him high on bhang.
They bludgeoned Kamlesh 17 times with a stone, before dumping his body in the creek. In his confession, Virendra also told the police he had planned the murder to avenge himself, as Kamlesh was allegedly having an affair with his wife, which he discovered while going through his mobile phone.
Yesterday, cops recovered Kamlesh’s skeleton from the Malwani creek. “We know that Tilakdhari, the father of the deceased, had registered a compliant against the father of the accused in January, over a property row. This angle is also being investigated,” said a police officer from Malwani police station.The police have arrested the three accused on charges of murder and for sabotaging evidence. “We will produce the three in court on Saturday,” added the officer.