Police investigating the murder of Ghansham Vishwakarma’s (41) whose body was discovered in a Poisar nullah last week have cracked the case by arresting a tuition teacher who had taught the victim’s son. Crime Branch officials arrested Shambahadur Yadav (31), yesterday after he confessed to his role in the killing.
The victim was murdered on September 16 and the body was dumped in a nullah in Kandivali.
Samta Nagar police found the body five days later. A murder case was registered after the post mortem report concluded that the deceased was strangulated.
Crime Branch officers stated that Yadav had been working for a bank as a sales officer. After finishing his shift, he would give tuitions to Vishwakarma’s son and other children in the locality of their residence in Hanuman Nagar, Kandivli (E). According to cops, Yadav started having an affair with Vishwakarma’s wife. But in 2010 when Vishwakarma got wind of the affair, he sacked Yadav and the adulterous relationship was put to an end.
Yadav, however, was still in love and wanted to marry the woman. Moreover, after getting the boot, Yadav was abused by Vishwakarma in the locality, which had irked the accused.
Harbouring revenge for the insult and realising that the only way to get his paramour back was to get rid of Vishwakarma, Yadav hatched a plan with his friends in November last year to kill him.
Yadav contacted his childhood friend Pramod Verma who resides in Daman and asked for his help. Verma along with his friend arrived in the city on September 13, and rented a room in Hanuman Nagar by paying a deposit of Rs 20,000. They told the landlord that they would submit documents after the owner renovates the house. They then purchased a SIM card with forged documents and telephoned Vishwakarma, who was a carpenter by profession, and asked him to do a job for them. Vishwakarma was sceptical of the call, and wrote down the mobile number of the caller on the calendar of his wall, telling his wife that there was something fishy.
Verma and his friend had called Vishwakarma to the rented room and they are alleged to have strangulated him there.
The two then called Yadav and asked him to dump his body while they left for Daman. When Crime Branch officers visited Vishwakarma’s house, his wife showed them the mobile phone number scribbled on the calendar.
“When the number was traced, it came to light that the SIM card was bought from a shop in Malad. The shop owner was contacted and during the course of investigations, it was revealed that the SIM was bought with forged documents,” said a Crime Branch official.
“We found that there was high usage from another number in the same location from where the forged SIM had made calls to Vishwakarma’s mobile.
When we traced the number we found out that maximum number of calls from this particular number were made to Yadav’s mobile. We then nabbed Yadav who confessed to his crime during interrogations,” said Raghunath Dalvi, senior police inspector with CB unit XI. Police are tracing Verma and his accomplice who are absconding.