Man kills friend, chops his body parts and flushes them down the toilet:
On 23 January 2019, hundreds of micro-pieces of human flesh were recovered from the blocked drainage of a housing society in Virar West. The matter came to light when residents of Bachraj Paradise of Evershine Avenue complained of a choked drainage system and saw three pieces of human fingers floating in the drain when it was opened for repair. Within 24 hours the Arnala coastal police cracked the case and arrested Pintoo Sharma, the prime accused who pleaded guilty after sustained grilling by the police. Pintoo Sharma told police that he banged the head of his 58-year-old friend Ganesh after the latter delayed to repay him over Rs. 1 lakh in cash. Sharma said that he bought a hexa blade and chopped his friend's body into multiple pieces before flushing them down the toilet.
Father sets girl on fire for talking on the phone:
On 1 January 2019, a furious father allegedly poured kerosene on his 16-year-old daughter and set her ablaze in Virar because she was spending too much time on the phone. The girl was brought to KEM hospital where her condition was critical. The Virar police arrested the girl's father, Mohammed Murtuza Ansari, 45, on charges of attempt to murder and remanded in police custody by the court. The investigation is underway.
In picture: Mohammed Murtuza Ansari being escorted by Virar police to the court.
Foetus found stuffed inside squat toilet:
On 29 November 2018, the body of a premature baby, that was stuck in the squat toilet of a government-run hospital in Virar West, was recovered. According to the police, the fetus was a miscarriage by a minor girl who was raped. The baby was first seen by the cleaning staff at the hospital. They saw the head and immediately informed the medical officer at the hospital. The six to the seven-month-old fetus was declared dead soon after it was successfully removed from the toilet by fire brigade officials. A case was registered under Section 318 (concealment of birth by secret disposal) of IPC against unknown persons by Virar police. The investigation is underway.
Godman rapes housewife under the pretext of curing infertility:
On 16 November 2018, a 45-year-old godman was arrested for allegedly raping a 37-year-old housewife repeatedly for two months under the pretext of curing her of infertility. The self-styled godman, identified as Ajay Choudhary, was arrested from his residence in Virar East after the victim registered a complaint against him at Virar police station. On the pretext of performing pooja, the godman offered the housewife holy water which was spiked. The godman assaulted and raped the women on several occasions. He even threatened the lady of ruining her life by methods of witchcraft. The godman was booked under section 376(2) (n) and 506 of IPC and various sections of the Maharashtra Prevention and Eradication of Human Sacrifice and other Inhuman, Evil and Aghori Practices and Black Magic Act, 2013. The case is still on.
In picture: Self-styled godman Ajay Choudhary who raped the woman under the pretext of curing her infertility.
Thieves snatch mangalsutra off 63-year-old woman's neck in broad daylight:
On 21 October 2018, a chain snatcher escaped from the spot after snatching a Mangalsutra of a senior citizen lady on a busy road in Virar. The victim identified as Kavita Pandit, 63-years-old was going to purchase vegetables from the market along with her daughter when two thieves riding on motorcycles snatched the woman's mangalsutra and fled from the spot. The incident was recorded on the CCTV camera installed in the nearby area. A complaint was lodged with the Arnala police station by the victim. The investigation is underway.
Twelve persons booked in Palghar for 'selling' 2 Rajasthani women for dowry:
On 22 October 208, a shocking incident of two Rajasthani women allegedly been "sold off to recover dowry" had come to light in Virar town in Thane. The Virar police booked a dozen persons including a chartered accountant and a businessman, besides their family members and other associates, in the case for selling the women to recover dowry. the two women -- both sisters in their 20s, hailing from Rajasthan - were married on March 10, 2015, with two brothers, businessman Sanjay Raval and Varun Rawal both residents of Virar. Six months after their wedding, the Ravals and their family members started harassing the sisters for dowry. The two sisters raised Rs 5,00,000 but the family demanded more money. Failing to get the money, the two sisters were physically tortured and went through mental trauma. A complaint was registered against 12 accused in the case. The police booked the accused under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) pertaining to dowry demand, mental and physical torture, kidnapping. But the accused are on the run.
RPF arrest 3 youngsters for performing kiki challenge on running train:
On 9 August 2018, the Railway Protection Force at Virar station arrested three youths for doing the Kiki Challenge at Virar station's platform number 1 and onboard a moving train. The arrested accused were identified as Nishant Rajendra Shah, 20, Dhruv Anil Shah, 23, and Shyam Rajkumar Sharma, 24. The three were arrested and booked under sections 145(B), 147 and 156 of the Railways Act. The three were produced before the court where the judge gave them a punishment of visiting Vasai and Virar stations for the next three days and spreading awareness among commuters to avoid such stunts.
Woman killed her husband with help of her paramour and three others:
On 28 July 2018, a 29-year-old wife along with her paramour and three other accomplices were arrested by the Palghar district rural police for allegedly killing her husband. The trio was caught by the police while they were trying to dispose of the husband's body in Virar in the neighbouring Palghar district. Yogesh Raut (32), suspected the fidelity of his wife Ashwini. The couple used to frequently quarrel over the issue. Fed up, Ashwini hatched a conspiracy to eliminate her husband. She sought the help of her paramour Raj Arjun and two others to kill him. The woman paid Rs 1.50 lakh to Arjun's accomplices as 'contract money' to kill her husband. The arrested accused were booked under different IPC sections, including 302 (murder). The fourth accused is on the run.
Charred body of a woman found in Virar:
On 24 May 2018, a charred body of a woman was found in Virar near the Mumbai-Ahmedabad Expressway. The police recovered the body from a spot just 3 km away from the place where a charred body was found four days ago. The body could not be identified yet, as it was completely burnt. Some parts of the hair helped the police to understand that the body is of a woman." More details are awaited.
Unidentified man's body found in a well in Virar:
On 15 April 2018, an unidentified person’s body was found in a well near RJ Naka at Virar. According to police sources, the man appeared to be aged between 35 and 40. Some passers-by informed the police. A team from Virar police station fished out the body from the well. It was sent to the Government Hospital for post-mortem. A sky blue handkerchief was found tied around the neck, and blood had oozed out of the nose of the person. Murder cannot be ruled out, a police officer had said from Virar police station. An ADR was registered and the investigation is still underway.
Fake doctor decamps with gold worth Rs 5 lakh, arrested:
On 29 March 2018, the Manikpur police arrested a 30-year-old fake doctor for looting jewelers of gold worth Rs 5 lakh. After being produced before the court the doctor was remanded in magistrate custody. The police recovered 170 grams of gold ornaments from him. The arrested accused was identified as Kavish Kumar Agarwal, a resident of Raipur in Chhattisgarh. According to the police, Agarwal would enter jewelry shops and place orders for expensive ornaments. Thereafter, he would ask the shopkeeper to send someone along with him to his house to collect the payment. While he went in his car, the workers followed him on their bikes. Taking advantage of the traffic, he would disappear. After receiving complaints, the Manikpur police formed a special team and with the help of CCTV footage and the IMEI number of the accused's mobile, they traced him.
Thai woman arrested for running sex racket at a spa in Virar:
On 21 January 2018, a woman from Thailand was arrested for allegedly running a sex racket in Virar. Acting on a tip-off, a team of officials raided a spa in Virar area of the district and arrested the 43-year-old Thai woman. Two women, one of them from Thailand, were rescued during the raid. The accused woman was operating the flesh trade racket from the spa for the last year, the police said. The police sent a decoy to the spa and trapped the accused. The accused woman was booked under the Immoral Traffic Prevention Act and was produced before a local magistrate. The investigation is underway.
Con woman made lakhs by selling fake miracle pregnancy powder:
On 9 January 2018, the Virar police arrested Sujata Khandekar, 48, who used to dupe women who were looking to have a child by selling them fake miracle pregnancy powder. The accused would charge thousands of rupees for her miracle cure from women who wanted to conceive a child. The accused cheated several women of around Rs 7-8 lakh. Besides making women gain weight, Khandekar's powder stopped the menstrual cycles of several women for many months. The con woman was booked under section 420 (cheating) of the Indian Penal Code. The investigation is underway.
Fed up of pooping cat, man stabs neighbour in Virar:
On 27 December 2017, the Virar police arrested a man for stabbing his 45-year-old neighbour, whose pet cat had made it a habit of pooping outside his house at Kargil Nagar for the past four years. According to the police, the two men, Dinesh Bhagwe and Harishchandra More, the victim, had been quarrelling over the matter for four long years. On one such day, More's cat again defecated outside Bhagwe's house. This angered Bhagwe, who after the usual heated argument with More, went to his kitchen and brought out a knife. He then stabbed More in the stomach, badly injuring him that left him unconscious on the ground. Neighbours rushed More to a local hospital, where he was undergoing treatment and was in a stable condition. The Virar police registered a case under section 307 (attempt to murder) of the IPC, against Bhagwe. Bhagwe was arrested from the same area. The police even seized the knife with which he stabbed More.
Minor girl killed by mom, aunt after they try to 'cure' constipation with exorcism:
On 20 December 2017, the mother, father and maternal aunt of an 11-year-old girl from Virar were arrested for murdering her by practising exorcism to 'heal' her constipation. Claiming to be a 'messenger of God', her mother told her father she could treat the child. She then called her sister home to perform the supposed remedies and then poured turmeric and vermilion on the girl's body after which her mother sat on her stomach. The sisters even went to the extent of inserting their hand in the girl's mouth and her private parts to remove the 'bad things' from her stomach. After seeing that her daughter was unconscious the family rushed her to the hospital where the doctors declared her dead before arrival. A case of murder was registered against the trio and they were produced before the court. The investigation is still underway.
Woman found murdered in new friend's flat in Virar:
On 6 November 2017, an insurance agent who visited her friend's house, was found murdered. The Arnala police found the body of the 67-year-old woman in a flat in Rustamjee Evershine Global City Avenue Society at Virar. The woman's throat was slit and several grave injuries were found on her body. Ironically, the victim stayed in the same society, in Poonam Park Global City building. The police suspect that the victim was killed with the intention of robbery, as all her jewellery was missing. The police registered a case against an unknown accused and detained a woman as the prime suspect. The investigation is underway.
Newly-wed fashion designer's charred body found, husband arrested:
On 8 March 2017, the husband of a newly-wed 24-year-old woman was arrested after the latter was found burnt to death at her home in Virar. The deceased, identified as Sampada Aparna Sambre, got married just a few weeks before her demise. Her husband, Sagar Sambre, who works as a plant operator in a fertilizer factory, was arrested by the Virar police after Sampada's parents registered a complaint against him. Sagar told his neighbours that Sampada, who was inside the flat, was neither responding to his calls nor opening the door. When they broke open the door, her charred body was found on the ground. When cops investigated the flat, they found that the gas pipe had been plugged out of the gas stove. An officer, under anonymity, said that the 'death doesn't appear to be a suicide.'
In picture: Sagar Stmbre and Sampada Sambre.
19-year-old girl hacked to death for refusing sex:
On 2 September 2016, a 19-year-old engineering student was brutally murdered by her boyfriend's friend, because she refused to have sex with him. Aishwarya Rajkumar Agarwal's body was found in a pool of blood with more than 17 deep slashes, at a flat in the Om Sai co-operative housing society. The Virar police had registered a case of murder against Deepak Wagri, who tried to rape her and then murdered her. The accused Deepak forced himself on Aishwarya and tried to rape her. When she resisted, he killed her with an axe and fled from his home.
In picture: The accused, Deepak Wagri, who tried to force himself on the victim, Aishwarya.
Rice trader shot dead in Virar, Rs 8 lakh stolen:
On 11 April 2016, three robbers on a bike shot a rice trader in Virar and stole Rs 8 lakh from him. Cops said that the accused opened fire at the trader while he was keeping his bag containing the cash in his Scooty’s storage case. The victim sustained two bullet injuries to his stomach, following which he lost his life. Ashok Ramanlal Shah, (50), a resident of Yeshwant Nagar, Virar, was a wholesaler of rice and had a sprawling godown in Tandul Bazar, Chandansar Road, Virar (E). Shah had sealed a good business deal, following which he received Rs 8 lakh. As he was he was about to keep the cash in his Activa, three persons arrived on a Pulsar bike, accosted him and tried to snatch the bag. As Shah resisted, in panic, the accused opened fire at him. Shah sustained injuries to his stomach, following which he fell on the ground and the accused fled. The police registered a case under Section 302 (murder) and Arms Act against the unidentified assailants. The case is still on.
In picture: The deceased, Ashok Ramanlal Shah with his daughters.
Playschool owner raped maid, wife tortured her:
On 14 January 2015, the Arnala Sagari police arrested the owner of a playschool for allegedly raping his 30-year-old help for several years. The man and his wife were also accused of subjecting the survivor to brutal torture. The Virar police arrested the couple after the 30-year-old registered a complaint. According to the survivor’s statement, Leon raped her on several occasions when he got drunk. This had been going on for several years. Reema, too, had been torturing her, and when the survivor told her of the rapes, her nightmare only got worse. The woman has over 200 injuries on her body. Leon was booked under Sections 376 (rape), 326 (Voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons or means), and 506 (criminal intimidation).
Two arrested for kidnap, rape of underage girlfriends:
On 7 November 2014, two youths were arrested for the alleged abduction and rape of two 14-year-olds they were having an affair with. The duo was found by Oshiwara police on November 5, holed up with the teenage schoolgirls in a lodge at Arnala beach at Virar, four days after the girls were reported missing from their homes in Goregaon. The police discovered that the accused had made false promises of marriage to persuade the girls to elope with them. The accused were identified as Ramjane Yadav (20) and Avval Sheikh (19), both residents of Goregaon. The Oshiwara police kicked into action after the girls’ parents registered missing person’s complaints on November 1. The accused were charged under sections 363 (kidnap) and 376 (rape) of the IPC, as well as under relevant sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012.
Virar is a peaceful and calm locality in Mumbai famous for Jivdani Temple and Arnala Beach to name a few. However, Virar has also witnessed horrific crimes that have shaken its citizens. In a shocking incident, a sensational murder came to light when human flesh pieces were found in a drain of a building, in another instance, a father set his daughter on fire while a godman raped a housewife under the pretext of curing infertility. These horrific crimes have sent shivers down the spine of the residents of Virar. We showcase a few instances of crime stories from in and around Virar that made the headlines
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