Mumbai Crime: Woman, boyfriend nabbed for killing her ex-boyfriend

The housewife’s current boyfriend and an accomplice allegedly pretended to be cops and strangulated the victim with a rope in August; they then threw his body off the Manor bridge near Vasai

Police claim to have solved a murder that occurred in August, and arrested a housewife and her boyfriend for committing the crime. The victim, who was the woman’s ex-boyfriend, was strangulated to death and his body thrown off a bridge near Vasai.

Jyotsna More’s boyfriend Pravin Patil and another accomplice Michael called Vaibhav Achrekar to a shopping centre in Naigaon. The men pretended to be cops and asked why he was harassing her. They then allegedly strangulated him to death
Jyotsna More’s boyfriend Pravin Patil and another accomplice Michael called Vaibhav Achrekar to a shopping centre in Naigaon. The men pretended to be cops and asked why he was harassing her. They then allegedly strangulated him to death

Dongri police arrested Jyotsna More (34), a housewife from Dahisar, and her current boyfriend, Pravin Patil, for the murder of her former lover Vaibhav Achrekar (31). Cops said More had been in a relationship with Achrekar for several years and knew him since childhood. However, she had broken up with him a few months ago.

Two days later, fishermen found the body and told the Valiv police, who circulated the victim’s picture to all police stations. He was identified since a missing complaint had been lodged with the Dongri police. Illustration/Amit Bandre
The accused took Achrekar’s body in a car and threw it off Manor bridge, into Bhayander creek

The victim, a Dongri resident, had been calling her repeatedly and asking to meet her, despite More refusing to do so. The woman told Patil, who lived in the same building as her, about Achrekar’s continuous calls and asked him what to do.

The accused took Achrekar’s body in a car and threw it off Manor bridge, into Bhayander creek
Two days later, fishermen found the body and told the Valiv police, who circulated the victim’s picture to all police stations. He was identified since a missing complaint had been lodged with the Dongri police. Illustration/Amit Bandre

In August, Patil, along with More and another male friend, Michael, called the victim to Mittar shopping centre in Citizen Colony, Naigaon. The two men pretended to be cops and asked Achrekar why he was harassing More. The duo then allegedly strangulated Achrekar to death with a rope, took his body in a car to the Manor bridge, and tossed it into the Bhayander creek.

Two days later, fishermen found the victim’s body trapped in their fishing nets, and reported it to the Valiv police. Cops circulated the body’s picture to all police stations and the victim’s family, who had recorded a missing complaint with Dongri police, identified him.

When police checked Achrekar’s call details records (CDR), they found More’s number had been dialled repeatedly. On being called for questioning, she told cops everything. Police arrested More and Patil on Sunday on charges of murder and destruction of evidence. The accomplice is still absconding.

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