Vijay Palande disposed of Karan Kakkad’s body at the same place where he had dumped the body of Air India employee Anup Das in 1998. Palande had also killed Anup’s father Swaraj Ranjan.
According to a senior crime branch officer, Palande and his associates Dhananjaya Shinde and Manoj Gajkosh drove up to Kumbharli ghat and dumped the bags carrying Kakkad’s dismembered body in a ridge, adjacent to hotel Hill View.
The trio then drove to Pune and stayed in a hotel for the next two days. On March 8, they went to the Kondhwa residence of Rahul Mane, brother-in-law of advocate Harshad Nimbalkar.
Mane told the police that Palande left the vehicle with him on March 9 saying that he was going aboard and didn’t have any place to park the car. However, the trio returned to Mumbai in a bus on the same day.
Following the discovery of the remains on Monday, a missing case has been converted into a case of homicide and Palande and his two associates have been booked for murder (IPC 302).