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Mira Road murder: Enough proof of it being a planned murder, say cops

Updated on: 20 July,2023 07:11 AM IST  |  Mumbai
Shirish Vaktania |

MBVV police say they have sufficient evidence that 56-year-old plotted his live-in partner’s murder out of sexual frustration

Mira Road murder: Enough proof of it being a planned murder, say cops

A cop carries plastic bags full of body parts from the accused man’s flat at Mira Road, on June 7; (right) cops keep the plastic bags, which contain the woman’s body parts, in a police vehicle. Picss/Hanif Patel

The 56-year-old resident of Mira Road, who allegedly murdered his 32-year-old live-in partner and boiled her chopped body parts for disposal, has been found to be mentally fit, police said on Wednesday. Cops said they now have sufficient evidence to support their findings that it was a planned murder and not suicide, as the accused had claimed.

According to the Mira Bhayandar-Vasai Virar (MBVV) police, a psychometric test conducted at JJ hospital confirmed that his mental health is stable. This test evaluates a person’s learning, social, behavioural and personality development, which help recognise specific disorders, if any. It checks for psychological illnesses and identifies thinking styles, emotional processes and behaviour patterns that contribute to mental illness.

The alleged killerThe alleged killer

Deputy Commissioner of Police Jayant Bajbale of the MBVV police told mid-day, “We conducted the psychometric test because the crime was heinous and serious. We wanted to check the mental health of the accused and the report from JJ hospital confirmed that he is mentally healthy and fit. He does not have any disorder or psychological illness.”

“We have also come to the conclusion that it was a planned murder,” he added.

Cops find motive, too

Police said they have determined the motive behind the murder. The woman had denied physical relations with the accused over his affairs and this frustrated him, cops said.

The accused was cheating on the victim and was chatting with other women on the phone, they added. The victim had caught him several times and they would get into arguments, said cops, adding that she wanted to end their relationship.

Over the six months until her alleged murder in June, the fights between the couple had escalated and she refused any physical relations with him, said police. One day after a fight, the victim threw him out of their bedroom, which enraged the accused and he started plotting her murder, they added.

On June 3, he poisoned her, chopped her body and boiled some parts in a pressure cooker in their home. He threw some parts of the body in a drain near a railway track, which have not been found yet, according to sources in the police.

A fake story

The accused, however, claimed that his partner died by suicide on June 3 night and he found her body after waking up the next morning. He claimed that he feared being accused of murder, and hence he chopped her body into 36 parts for disposal, according to cops. Police said they have sufficient evidence to prove that his claims are fake and baseless. The police are awaiting the victim’s post-mortem report to ascertain the exact cause of her death.

Evidence of planned murder, as per cops

. Discovery that the accused added the pesticide in buttermilk and gave it to the victim
. Statements from the buttermilk vendor and pesticide seller, proving the accused made purchase from them
. The accused man’s web search history of June 28-29 about deadliest pesticides
. His web search history about time it takes for a dead body to decompose, and about chopping up a body
. Chats with other women on dating apps while being married to the victim
. Statements of the staff of a Bhayandar East shop that sold chain saw to him

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