He killed his colleague because she did not reciprocate his feelings and ignored him.
On Monday, the Pune police arrested software engineer Anmol Jabbal (27) after he reportedly confessed to having murdered his colleague Shraddha Chhajed (24) and dumping her body about 484 km away in Nanded.
The police are awaiting the post-mortem report to verify if the victim was raped. On Sunday, the Nanded police found Chhajed’s body covered with foliage at Vasmat village in Nanded district.
Chhajed, who hailed from Dhule district, lived with her cousin on Apte Road in Pune. She was working with software firm Symantec for three years.
The Pune police said it was a case of one-sided love, which led to the murder.
Deputy Commissioner of Police Mahesh Patil said Jabbal told them that Chhajed used to ignore him in office. “Upset with her behavior, Jabbal started hating her.”
On July 28, Jabbal called Chhajed on her cellphone and told her to come to the firm’s parking lot in the basement where he was waiting in his Hyundai Getz.
“After Chhajed sat in his car, Jabbal hit her on the forehead with spanner and strangled her to death,” said Patil.
Jabbal put her body in the backseat, drove to Vasmat village where he dumped her body. He then abandoned the car and fled.
Jabbal, a Sikh from Nagpur, told the police that he cut his hair and traveled across the country for four days in trains, as he was scared to go home.
By then his worried parents and lodged a missing person’s complaint with the Chaturshrungi police.
Even Chhajed’s cousin lodged a complaint.
When Jabbal returned home on August 2, his parents brought him to the police station to retract their complaint.
Assistant Commissioner of Police MP Karade said: “We detained Jabbal as we had got information from the Nanded police about Chhajed’s body.”
During interrogation, Jabbal reportedly confessed to the crime.
Karade said there were injury marks on Jabbal’s neck and hands, which suggest that he may have tried to sexually assault her. “But rape offence can only be ascertained after we get the post-mortem report,” he added.
The firm issued a statement saying: “Symantec has no information to share… We are cooperating with the local law enforcement agency.”