Finally, Patil decided to murder Thakkar with the help of three of his friends. On January 1, when Thakkar was coming out of a hotel, Patil and his friends allegedly forced him into a car, killed him and threw his body into the Thane creek after tying a 38kg steel rod to it.
The same day, Thakkar’s parents lodged a missing person’s complaint at Naupada police station.
Soon after, the police traced Thakkar’s last location through his mobile phone and also scanned his last call and SMS records. The trail led them to Patil, who confessed to the crime and also named his accomplices.