Two large travels bags found next to the body of Arun Kumar Tikku, the senior citizen who was murdered in his Lokhandwala flat on April 7, may help the police nail Vijay Palande and his two henchmen for the March 6 murder of aspiring Bollywood producer Karan Kakkad too.
Police suspect Palande and his men, Dhananjaya Shinde and Manoj Gajkosh, had used these bags to dispose of Kakkad’s body at Kumbharli Ghat near Chiplun.
“The travel bags found from Tikku’s house were those which had been used by the killers to carry Kakkad’s minced body to Kumbharli ghat,” said a senior officer of the Mumbai police’s crime branch, requesting anonymity on the grounds that he was not authorised to speak about the investigations.
Elaborating, the officer claimed Palande, Shinde and Gajkosh had bought the travel bags, cutters, blades, hacksaws and large polythene bags from a shopping mall in Andheri for the specific purpose of hacking Kakkad’s body into pieces. “They hacked Kakkad’s body into pieces, put them in large polythene bags and then into the travel bags. They carried the bags to Kumbharli ghat in Kakkad’s BMW. However, they disposed of the polythene bags but kept the expensive travel bags,” the officer said. He said the bags must have cost Rs 10,000.
The crime branch has sent the bags for forensic analysis. “The bags would contain Kakkad’s body tissues and bloodstains which are crucial evidence,” the officer added.
Joint commissioner of police, crime, Himanshu Roy refused to comment. “Our investigation is in progress. It is not proper to reveal anything now,” he said.