On May 6, the Rabale police, navi Mumbai found the torso of a woman - with the head and legs missing - in a nullah carrying industrial wastes in MIDC, Rabale.
Sister of Worli woman whose headless torso was found in Navi Mumbai nullah sees her Ganesh-Om tattoo while reading mid-day report, only to shockingly realise it's her sibling, who has been missing since April
The only clue they have is a Ganesh and Om tattoo on the shoulder of the woman.
The woman was identified as Priyanka Gurav (24), who was reported missing from her marital home in Worli since April 5. She had married her college sweetheart, Siddesh Gurav (25), just five days prior to her disappearance.
It took the Navi Mumbai police less than 72 hours to zero in on the culprits - her husband Siddesh, his parents Manohar (50) and Madhuri Gurav (48), and friend Durgesh Patwa.
According to Kavita, Priyanka's elder sister, following the constant tiffs between the couple, last Diwali, they had almost convinced Priyanka to not marry Siddhesh and instead stay in Ahmednagar. The murder happened 5 days after they got married.
The cops said that the plan to murder Priyanka had been hatched 10 days in advance. Priyanka's husband Siddesh Gurav, his parents and one of his friends, Durgesh Patwa, murdered her on the night of May 4.
On the night of May 4, after Priyanka fell asleep, the Gurav family allowed friend Durgesh into the house at Worli, and they smothered her to death with a pillow. They dragged her body to the bathroom, where they cut her head and lower limbs from the torso. In the middle of the night, Durgesh wrapped the body parts in a plastic sheet and drove out alone to dispose of them.
Priyanka was sleeping on the floor when Durgesh came to the house and they together smothered her. After confirming she was dead, they dragged her body to the washroom and dismembered her.
The Rabale MIDC police recovered the severed from a desolate spot on Shahapur-Nashik road in Thane district yesterday. The head was wrapped in layers of plastic bags and a bed sheet, and dumped near a tree.
The Guravs were confident that they had a foolproof plan, and that the police would never be able to find Priyanka's body parts or identify her. They had instructed the co-accused Durgesh to dump the three body parts (head, lower limbs and torso) at different places, so that Priyanka could never be traced.
The police says the motive for the murder could be that her husband was pressurised to marry her and that also led to frequent arguments between them.