The Dadar police have arrested a security guard who killed his colleague and left his body on the loft of the pantry at Rajshri Productions office in Prabhadevi.

Cops arrested Totan Bishwas, who worked as a security guard at Rajshri Productions office in Prabhadevi, for murdering 76-year-old watchman Mehendi Imam (inset). Pics/Emmanual Karbhari
Cops arrested Totan Bishwas, who worked as a security guard at Rajshri Productions office in Prabhadevi, for murdering 76-year-old watchman Mehendi Imam (below right). Pics/Emmanual Karbhari

The police said they have arrested the accused, Totan Tarak Bishwas (30), who is originally from West Bengal. They said he was about to kill one more person and had also ordered for a country-made pistol.

Mumbai crimeThe victim, Mehendi Imam (76), along with the accused, was employed by security firm Mumbai Facility Services and deployed at the production house. mid-day had reported about the murder on March 13 (‘Dead rat turned out to be dead man’).

“On March 9, Bishwas took Imam’s phone and spoke to someone in his native village and asked for a country-made pistol,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone V) Dhananjay Kulkarni. “Imam got angry as Bishwas had used his phone to order an illegal pistol,” said Kulkarni. The two had an argument and Bishwas slapped Imam and later strangulated him with his socks.

“When Rajshri Productions manager Shivaji Javalkar lodged a complaint with us on March 11 about a body found in their pantry loft, we enquired of the security company and were told about Bishwas who, along with Imam, used to work nights at the production house,” said Kulkarni.

Bishwas had apparently fled after telling the firm he had to go see a relative who was unwell. Before leaving, he collected his salary and identity documents from the company. “This increased our suspicion. We enquired of his bank and learnt that he had withdrawn money in Malda in Bengal,” said Anand Jadhave, police sub-inspector of Dadar police station.

A police team left for West Bengal and learnt from Bishwas’s family members he was at his uncle Keshav Bhandari’s home at Madanpura, PO Nagar at Indo-Bangladesh border. He was picked up soon after.