After over a month of no leads and false leads, the Amboli police finally cracked the mysterious murder case of model Kritika Chaudhary, and turns out, it involved both drugs and money. The police also arrested two people, including a drug peddler who investigations revealed had allegedly killed the model over a Rs 6,000 dispute that Chaudhary owed him.
The arrested accused were identified as Shakil Khan, 33 and Basudas Das alias Badshah, 40, who were first spotted by the watchman of Chaudhary's housing society.
Probe gets hotter
According to the police, the case was tough to crack, as there was no lead. The CCTV footage didn't help, scanning the call data records of the last year didn't help and even questioning over a 1,000 people didn't take them anywhere.
Interestingly, the main accused, Khan's number was also in the list, but records showed that she hadn't contacted him in over a year. Despite that, he was questioned where he acted squirrelly. A drug peddler in Malwani, he also moonlighted as a police informer, but later, started dodging the police and shifting homes, from Malad to Nalasopara, then Panvel, giving the police enough reason to suspect his connection. He was finally detained from Panvel.
After his arrest, Khan was identified by the watchman of the building, who said he had seen him come often and ask for Kritika. Her usual supplier was Asif Khan i.e. @Sani, but after his arrest by the ANC last year, Khan had taken over. "Kritika had bought drugs from him and not paid him. He was therefore, spotted by the watchman who saw him come frequently to demand his money from her."
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The other accused
Meanwhile, on June 12, Badshah had asked Khan to return the money that was owed to him and Khan invited him to come along to a customer he had to collect from. "When she refused to return the money and it turned into a heated argument between the three, Khan, who always carries a knuckle duster, hit her with it thrice, changed his clothes and left the spot," said an officer.
Since some gold ornaments are also missing from Kritika's home, the police suspects Khan to have stolen them. Paramjit Singh Dahiya, DCP zone 9 said, "We have arrested the accused and produced them before the court which sent them to seven days police remand."
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