Rajkumar Dubey, brother of Vijay Dubey — an autorickshaw driver who was allegedly the third person killed by Gopal Pandey and his associates —finally mustered the courage to approach the police. This was after Rajkumar saw Pandey’s photograph on television, in connection with another murder for which he was arrested.
Rajkumar, an autorickshaw driver from Borivli said, “Pandey was a family friend as our native place is the same.
Though my brother had sided with Pandey in a fight once or twice, he later realised that what Pandey was doing was wrong. Vijay then told Pandey that he did not want to work with him and would instead earn a living by driving an autorickshaw.”
Rajkumar said, “When my brother remained firm on his resolve, Pandey was irked and decided to get back at him. Who would have thought such a close family friend would do this?”
“After my brother went missing in April 2008, one of the locals told me that they had last seen my brother with Pandey. When I confronted Pandey he threatened me against approaching the police,” said Rajkumar.
He said, “He told me if I complained against him, he would kill us all.” Though a missing-persons complaint had been registered with the Nallasopara police, Rajkumar did not pursue the matter.
“Finally, when we realised that Pandey had been arrested, we decided to tell the police about his involvement in my brother’s murder,” Rajkumar said.