Minakshi Jaiswal, 46, the former chairperson of the state commission for children, was found dead at her residence in Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, on Friday. The police arrested the main accused and family acquaintance, Vinayak Chavan, 43, and his aide Maninder Singh Bajwa, 22, on Saturday.
Jaiswal lived in Vastu Vihar Celebration Complex with her husband Santosh, who is a judge in Malegaon. The incident came to light around 10pm, when her husband and son Vidyasagar, who works as a physician in Nashik, asked a family friend and doctor to check on her, as Jaiswal was not answering their calls. The doctor then approached the police.
“I last spoke to my mother at 2.40pm on Friday,” said Vidyasagar.
Acting on the complaint, deputy commissioner of police (crime) Suresh Mengde and deputy commissioner of police (zone II) Sanjay Yenpure visited the spot. During the investigation, the police officials learned that the house had been renovated a few days ago. The electrical work was carried out by two youths deployed by Chavan. They then took Chavan in custody, who allegedly confessed to killing Jaiswal with the help of the duo, after which Bajwa was arrested.
Fatteh Singh Patil, additional commissioner of police, said, “Chavan hails from Santosh’s village. He used to do odd jobs for the Jaiswals. He believed the Jaiswals had a lot of money and hence made a plan to rob them with the two youngsters.”
“According to the plan, the duo entered the house between 2pm and 4pm and bolted it from inside. They slit Jaiswal’s neck, left hand, arm and ear with a sharp weapon, leaving her dead on the spot. The accused then fled with the jewellery and cash in the house, collectively worth Rs2.5 lakh,” he said. “We suspect the involvement of two more people. Chavan is a history-sheeter and his wife works in civic body,” Patil said.
Mengde has ordered the cancellation of the licence of the security agency which provided guards to the housing society.