An employee of a Wipro-owned call centre was found murdered off the old Mumbai-Pune highway on Saturday. Jyoti Chowdhary (22) — whose body was found at Gahunje village, 130 km from Mumbai — was probably strangled, police said. Two drivers hired by the call centre in Hinjewadi IT Park were arrested and charged with murder.
Police said they are awaiting the post-mortem report to see whether Chowdhary was sexually assaulted. Police Inspector Prakash Suryavanshi said one of the arrested drivers, Purushottam Borate, used to drop Chowdhary to her office from her home. The other accused, Pradeep Kokade, is a friend of Borate's.
Confirming that Chowdhary was an employee, Wipro BPO president TK Kurien said in a statement: “There has been a criminal manipulation of our processes. We had put several processes in place, including ‘no first pick up or last drop’ of female staffers, compulsory rosters for every taxi, ongoing education of employees on personal safety, precautions to be followed during late-night travel. Unfortunately, even the most secure processes get manipulated. We have initiated an audit to further tighten all processes, especially those concerning employees' safety.”
Chowdhary used to stay in Pune's Pashan area with her sister and brother-in-law Gauravsunder Prasad, who had lodged a missing persons complaint with the police. The complaint stated that Jyoti had been missing since November 1. Ranjan Kadam, sub-inspector with the Talegaon Dabhade police, told HT that Chowdhary's body was taken to Talegaon General Hospital for the post-mortem and the findings would be sent to the government laboratory.
This is the second such incident in Pune. A few months ago, a call centre driver had thrown acid on a girl in Kalyaninagar area.