19 brutal murder cases that shocked the nation

Nov 04, 2018, 15:02 IST
  • 19 brutal murder cases that shocked the nation

    Kirti Vyas murder case: Kirti Vyas went missing on March 16, 2018. She left home in the morning and never reached her workplace. On March 16, Kirti Vyas's mother had tried contacting her at 11.30 am, to ask her for the WiFi password, but her phone was switched off. Assuming she was busy at work, she didn't try reaching her again. The family lodged a missing person complaint the next day. Kirti Vyas's colleagues Siddhesh Tamhankar and Khushi Sahjwani were arrested in connection with the murder. Siddhesh Tamhankar's performance was not up to the mark and Vyas had put him on notice for it, which led to a heated argument between the trio. On March 16, the day when Tamhankar's future in the organisation was to be decided, he and Sahjwani picked up Vyas from a place near her home in an attempt to convince her not to fire Tamhankar. He even promised her that he would improve his performance. However, both of them got a negative response from Vyas. Allegedly, Tamhankar then took a piece of cloth and strangled Kirti Vyas

  • 19 brutal murder cases that shocked the nation

    Navi Mumbai headless torso case: On May 6, 2017, police found the torso of a woman with the head and legs missing in a nullah at MIDC, Rabale, Navi Mumbai. She was identified as Priyanka Gurav (24) a Worli resident, who went missing from her marital home since April 5. The deceased's sister recognised her sibling through her Ganesh-Om tattoo, after reading mid-day's report. 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. They smothered to hear to death while she slept and hacked off her head and limbs, because Priyanka had pressured Siddesh into marrying her

  • 19 brutal murder cases that shocked the nation

    Gauri Lankesh killing: Gauri Lankesh editor of Kannada weekly tabloid 'Lankesh Patrike', was shot dead in front of her house on September 5, 2017. She was shot dead by three unidentified men who fired seven bullets at her as she returned home from her office in the city. Two bullets hit her in the chest and one in the forehead. Protests erupted throughout the day as journalists, activists, writers, thinkers, women organisations and others gathered across the country condemning her dastardly killing. Parashuram Waghmore confessed to killing Gauri Lankesh. He said that he killed the journalist for 'his religion'. 

  • 19 brutal murder cases that shocked the nation

    Narendra Dabholkar killing: Medico and rationalist Narendra Dabholkar (67), who fought against superstitious beliefs through his Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti (MANS), was gunned down near his residence on the morning of June 20, 2013. Sachin Andhure and Sharad Kalaskar fired several rounds at him near the Omkareshwar temple in Pune. Shortly after Dabholkar's murder, the state enacted the country's first legislation against superstition and black magic. The activist was posthumously conferred the Padma Shri in 2014

  • 19 brutal murder cases that shocked the nation

    Sheena Bora murder case: In a plot straight out of a Bollywood murder mystery, former media baroness Indrani Mukerjea allegedly strangled her daughter from a previous marriage, Sheena (24), inside her car on April 24, 2012. Her body was found in a forest in Raigad. The crime is allegedly linked to certain financial dealings. There is another angle as per which she was not happy with Sheena's relationship with her current husband Peter Mukerjea's son, Rahul

  • 19 brutal murder cases that shocked the nation

    Neeraj Grover murder: A small-time Kannada actress Maria Susairaj and her boyfriend Emile Jerome Mathew, a Navy Lieutenant, were found guilty in the murder case of television executive Neeraj Grover in 2011. The duo was arrested in May 2008 for Grover's brutal murder. Matthew allegedly killed Grover, as he suspected Maria of having an affair with him. Grover was murdered in Maria's apartment in suburban Mumbai. Maria and Jerome allegedly chopped his body into several pieces, put into two bags and drove to Manor in neighbouring Thane district, where they burnt the body to dispose it

  • 19 brutal murder cases that shocked the nation

    Bhiwandi corporator murder: Manoj Mhatre, a Congress corporator from Bhiwandi, was killed at his building premises, by masked assailants who shot at him and assaulted him with sharp knives in February 14, 2017. The brutal murder was caught on CCTV camera. Narpoli police arrested two of the accused identified as Mahesh Pandit Mhatre (25) and Mayur Prakash Mhatre alias Koko (20) at CST, who revealed they committed the crime at the behest of the deceased's cousin Prashant Mhatre. It was learnt that Prashant murdered his cousin so he could become corporator instead

  • 19 brutal murder cases that shocked the nation

    Pune techie murder: On January 29, 2017, the body of a 24-year-old woman techie Rasila Raju OP was found at Infosys in Pune. Further investigations revealed that Rasila Raju was strangulated to death with a computer cord by a security guard named Bhabhen Saikiya (27). Saikiya would often stare at Rasila, when she was working and she threatened him that she would complain to her bosses if he didn't stop. He was detained at CST railway station, while trying board a train to his native Assam and brought back to Pune after which a case of murder was registered against him by the Hinjewadi Police

  • 19 brutal murder cases that shocked the nation

    Lonavla double murder: The naked and mutilated bodies of two students identified as Sarthak Waghchore (24) and Shruti Sanjay Dumbre (22) were recovered from a desolate spot between Bhushi dam and INS Shivaji, a training naval station, in Lonavla in early April 2017. The Lonavla police cracked the case in June after arresting two namely Asif Shaikh (28) and Saleem Shaikh (22) for the murders. Cops discovered that both had past criminal records and were drug addicts. The duo chanced upon the couple when they were sitting at the secluded spot and attempted to extort them and rape the girl. Upon failing they stoned them both, lead to the injuries and couple's death

  • 19 brutal murder cases that shocked the nation

    Smiley face murder: On May 23, 2017, Inspector Gyaneshwar Ganore of Khar police station, one of the officers who arrested Indrani Mukherjea in the Sheena Bora case, returned home around midnight to find his wife Dipali, brutally murdered at their flat at Prabhat Colony in Santacruz West. His son a Siddanth, a BSc final year student at Bandra's National College was found missing. A message reading, "Tired of her catch me and hang me" with a smiley face was written in blood next to her body. Siddhant was detained by the Jodhpur police and confessed to killing his mother with a kitchen knife. He told the cops that he had been frustrated as his mother was repeatedly asking him to get the marksheet, or insisting on accompanying him to the college to enquire about his marks, which lead him to kill her. He has told the police that there were also frequent quarrels between his parents which he did not like, and he had been angry with his mother for sometime

  • 19 brutal murder cases that shocked the nation

    Aarushi Talwar murder: In May 2008, Aarushi Talwar, the daughter of dentist couple Rajesh and Nupur Talwar, found dead with her throat slit in the bedroom of her Noida home. Nepalese domestic help Hemraj was suspected of murder, but his body was later found on the terrace of the Talwar house. Police said the murders were conducted with surgical precision. Both of Aarushi's parents were arrested following investigations. In November 2013, a special CBI court found the couple guilty of the sensational double murder

  • 19 brutal murder cases that shocked the nation

    Tikku-Kakkad case: On April 3, 2012, Vijay Palande killed Karan Kakkad, an aspiring film producer. A month before that, in March 2012, he had allegedly killed Arun Tikku, a senior citizen, to usurp his flats in Andheri. Palande and his accomplices hacked the body and dumped the bits in a valley in Chiplun, Ratnagiri. While Palande was arrested on April 10, 2012, he escaped from custody on the same day and was re-arrested few hours later. It was later learnt during investigations that he had also killed Kakkad, a resident of Oberoi Spring Fields, Oshiwara. A model Simran Sood, who is Palande's wife, was also arrested for being party to the crime

  • 19 brutal murder cases that shocked the nation

    Nithari killings: Moninder Singh Pandher and his domestic help Koli were arrested on December 29, 2006, after the police recovered skeletons and other belongings of missing girls from the drain outside his house in Noida on the outskirts of the national capital. Koli had allegedly killed several girls, chopping their bodies to pieces before throwing them in the backyard and in the drain. While Pandher was acquitted, Koli was handed the death sentence, which was later commuted to life by the Allahabad High Court

  • 19 brutal murder cases that shocked the nation

    Kathua rape and murder case: An eight-year-old girl, belonging to a Bakarwal Muslim family, was kidnapped on January 10, 2018 while grazing horses in the forest area. The victim was held captive inside a temple in Rasana village. She was drugged and raped repeatedly before being murdered and her body found near Rasana village in Hiranagar tehsil in Kathua district on January 17, 2018.  The family had trouble even burying the body as some locals disallowed burial accusing the family of trying to occupy land in the name of a graveyard. Her body finally buried in far away forest lands. The seven accused are 60-year-old Sanji Ram, Special Police Officers Deepak Khajuria and Surender Verma, Sub-Inspector Anand Dutta, Head Constable Tilak Raj, civilian Parvesh Kumar and Sanji's minor son Vishala

  • 19 brutal murder cases that shocked the nation

    Hema Upadhyay and Harish Bhambhani murders: The bodies of contemporary artist and painter Hema Upadhyay and lawyer Harish Bhambhani were found in separate cardboard boxes from a nullah in northern Mumbai suburb of Kandivli in December 2015. Hema was estranged from her husband Chintan Upadhyay, also a painter, and the couple was locked in bitter divorce proceedings since 2010. Chintan is in jail in connection with the murder. One of the accused, Pradeep Rajbhar, recently confessed saying Chintan had plotted the murder as he was upset that she had filed a court case against him

  • 19 brutal murder cases that shocked the nation

    J Dey murder case: On June 11, 2011, mid-day investigations editor was shot dead by four motorcycle-borne gunmen in Hiranandani Gardens, Powai. While several conspiracy theories have been floating around, Chhota Rajan's name had been doing the rounds for a while. Recently, it came to the fore that the gangster thought a book Chindis: Rags to Riches that mid-day's Investigations Editor was working on at the time would show him in poor light, and hence ordered a hit on Dey

  • 19 brutal murder cases that shocked the nation

    Keenan-Rueben murders: Seven friends, Keenan Santos, Reuben Fernandez, Shobhita Singh, Priyanka Fernandez, Avinash Solanki, Benjamin Fernandes and one more unnamed person, on October 20, 2011, went to watch a match and for dinner at a restaurant at Amboli, Andheri. After paying bill, when they were having paan, near the restaurant, an accused who was present there, Jitendra Rana, along with Satish Dulhaj, passed vulgar comments and molested one of women. The male friends objected to it. What began as a small fight turned out to be a tragic incident, as Rana and Dulhaj went away, but returned with a few others, along with weapons, and attacked the boys in the group. Keenan who was seriously injured died on same day while Reuben succumbed to death after 10 days

  • 19 brutal murder cases that shocked the nation

    Pramod Mahajan killing: The former BJP leader Pramod Mahajan was shot at by his estranged elder brother Pravin in 2006 over a property dispute. Three bullets hit him, damaging his internal organs. Pramod struggled for his life for 13 days, but prolonged attempts by a battery of doctors in Mumbai to revive him from bullet injuries failed. Pravin surrendered following the crime, and was charged with murder. Pravin Mahajan died of brain hemorrhage in 2010

  • 19 brutal murder cases that shocked the nation

    Tandoor murder case: Former youth Congress leader Sushil Sharma was convicted of murdering his wife Naina whom he suspected of infidelity. He shot her with his licensed revolver on July 2, 1995, took her body to a restaurant, chopped it into pieces and tied to burn it in the restaurant's oven

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