Mumbai Crime: Murder accused on the run for 16 years arrested in Borivali

Published: May 14, 2019, 19:00 IST | mid-day online desk |

The accused identified as Kamlesh Jain (57), who is the resident of Bhayander, was accused of involvement in the shooting of builder Rajesh Patange

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A murder accused, who was at large for almost 16 years, was finally arrested by the Mumbai Police at Borivali railway station on Tuesday.

The accused identified as Kamlesh Jain (57), who is the resident of Bhayander, was accused of involvement in the shooting of builder Rajesh Patange in Tulinj area on October 25, 2003, said senior inspector Jitendra Vankoti of the Palghar Crime Branch.

"A total of 14 people, including Jain, were made accused in the murder case registered at Nalasopara police station at the time. While 10 were arrested, one was killed in an encounter with Mumbai police and three, including Jain, were absconding," he said.

"We got a tip-off that Jain was to arrive at Borivali railway station on Monday. We kept watch and nabbed him," he said.

In another similar case, a 56-year old man allegedly killed the wife of a retired IAF Wing Commander in Dwarka and decamped cash and jewellery worth Rs 50 lakh, said police. According to police, the accused identified as Dinesh Dixit, a resident of Jaipur, had met her on a mobile dating application and on the night of the crime coaxed her to drink copious amount of liquor. The accused then smothered her with a pillow and decamped with cash and jewellery worth Rs 50 lakh.

On Friday morning, Meenu Jain, 52, the wife of a former IAF Wing Commander, was found lying unconscious at her house in Dwarka Sector-7. The victim was immediately taken to Ayushman Hospital situated in Sector-10 of Dwarka but she was declared dead on arrival, said Anto Alphonse, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Dwarka).

During interrogation, Dixit disclosed that he contacted Jain through a mobile dating application and started visiting her. He also revealed that he was married twice and used to work as a property dealer.

On Thursday, Dixit came to Delhi to meet Jain and both went out for lunch together. On the night of the incident, they both were alone in the house. Finding valuables inside the house, Dixit made the victim drink alcohol, police said.

On finding her unconscious, Dixit gathered all valuables, money, jewellery as well as mobile phones from the house and then smothered her with a pillow before fleeing the house.

A thorough search of the house revealed that the mobile phones, gold and diamond jewellery, as well as other valuable items worth 50 lakh, were missing, the police said.

The entry into the house was "friendly", police said adding that they then started searching various social media accounts of the deceased.

An analysis of the CCTV cameras of the society's gates revealed that a suspicious car had entered the residential complex with the permission of the deceased.

The entry and exit of the vehicle were seen from the front gate on Thursday afternoon. Later the vehicle again entered the society at around 9:15 pm and the car left the complex on Friday morning at around 5:21 am.

(With inputs from PTI)

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