Cops say Mhatre was stabbed more than 30 times. His car along with his wig and sandals were recovered on February 9 from Bambaipada. Sub-Inspector MB Raut from Panvel police station said, “Mhatre’s body was found at 4pm on Sunday near the T-junction at Manghed Village.”
Asked whether the family of the victim had received any ransom calls, Senior Police Inspector Ramesh Ghadavle said, “We had registered a case of kidnapping earlier, but his wife and daughter didn’t mention any such calls.”
Some ornaments were missing from the victim’s body. Ghadavle added, “Chains and one ring are unaccounted for, though another ring was intact.” According to the police officials, the family became anxious when the Jasai Nagar resident didn’t return home at the usual time on Friday. A search ensued and the relatives found his car in the wee hours of Saturday, after which they informed the nearby police station.
The unidentified accused has been booked under IPC sections 302 (murder), 394 (voluntarily causing hurt in committing robbery), 201 (causing disappearance of evidence of offence), 363 (kidnapping) and 365 (kidnapping or abducting with intent to secretly and wrongfully confine person). Ghadavle added, “Mhatre’s bvody was sent to Panvel Rural Hospital for postmortem. The report will tell us when exactly the murder took place.”