The pieces of the jig-saw puzzle like killing of engineering girl student Monica Kirnapure are finally falling into place. The city police, who claimed to have cracked the murder case after nearly three weeks of ‘clueless-ness’, term it a case of ‘mistaken identity’.
The police arrested four suspects in this connection.
According to the police, the killers hired for the ‘job’ mistook Monica for some other girl whom they were engaged to kill and instead killed Monica -- a third-year engineering student of Rajashree Mulak Engineering College for Women run by the Maharashtra minister Rajendra Mulak -- in full public view on March 11.
The investigators arrested four accused, including, the main conspirator and the hired killers. They were identified as, Srikant Sonekar (the hired killer), Kunal Jaiswal (main conspirator and teacher at a reputed school at Sawargaon in the district), Pradip and Raju (associates of Jaiswal and Sonekar).
It was said that Kunal had reportedly hatched the conspiracy to eliminate the ‘girl’ when she started ignoring him after going steady for some time.
He is also learnt to have promised Srikant Rs 1.50 lakh for the job and had paid him Rs 40,000 advance.
The targetted girl used to stay with Monica in the Pratibha Pawar Girls Hostel. It was said that the girl had reportedly humiliated and ignored Kunal when he tried to meet her at the Engineering college, a couple of months ago.
However, the hired goons killed Monica, instead of the other girl by ‘mistake’.
21-year old Monica was on her way to her college at 11 am on the fateful day when the hired goons stabbed her from behind and fled.
The murder evoked a sharp reaction in the city and had also figured in the ongoing State Assembly session at Mumbai.
Maharashtra home minister R R Patil had announced a Rs 1 lakh award to any informer. The state government later appointed special IG Rashmi Shukla as the investigation officer to probe the matter.