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Cops clueless about motive

Four days after the body of missing teen Melwin Fernandes (18) was found in Virar, the Virar police are yet to find time to investigate the case.

india Updated: Aug 13, 2009 02:47 IST
HT Correspondent

Four days after the body of missing teen Melwin Fernandes (18) was found in Virar, the Virar police are yet to find time to investigate the case.

“We were busy with the MLA Hitendra Thakur assault case and the unrest after that so we did not get time to investigate the murder,” said Anil Sandbhor, senior police inspector.

The body was found in Virar, a day after his parents registered a missing person complaint at Nirmal Nagar police station in Khar (East).

A student of Chetna College in Bandra, he left his house on Friday evening. The police found his body on Sunday, his throat slit with a sharp weapon.

The police suspect he was killed elsewhere and his body was dumped in Virar.

The police will now call his parents for their statements and also question his friends.

Those who knew the boy said he was a studious and peace loving person.

A Class 12 commerce student, Melwin came home from college around 5 pm on Friday and left at 7.30 pm.

“He went to the backyard, which leads to small area on a hill. The neighbours told us he was last seen talking on the cellphone,” said family friend Irfan Shaikh.

A relative said the boy’s father used to give him enough pocket money so there was no question of borrowing money and getting into trouble.

“He always wore branded clothes and there was nothing he lacked,” Shaikh said.

Melwin was dating a girl from his college. But four months ago when the girl’s father found out about the affair, he got her admitted into some other college.

“We do not suspect the girl or her family’s involvement in the murder,” said Melwin’s uncle Johnny.