Nearly a month after 51-year-old Chetna Ajmera was murdered in her Ghatkopar home, police are yet to trace the cook, who is the prime suspect in the case. Police now fear that Ashok Menaria may now have crossed over into Nepal.
Menaria's call records in the days leading up to the murder revealed that he had spoken to someone in Nepal, as also in Bihar and Jharkhand. "We questioned several persons whom [Menaria] had contacted before he committed the murder," an officer close to the investigations told HT.
"We have also questioned his family members. However, so far we have not received any information. We suspect that before he committed the murder, he called up several persons to secure a hideout. Now that he is untraceable in spite of all our efforts, we fear he may have crossed over to Nepal."
The officer added that Meneria, along with two other suspects, has been more than careful to not leave behind any trace. "He kept changing SIM cards in the beginning, after which he dumped the mobile phone altogether. Also, he has not contacted anyone since his escape and seems to know our procedures well," the officer said.
The officer added that Meneria's father-in-law is a suspended policeman formerly attached with the Rajasthan police. It was him that Menaria confided in after the murder, saying he was present on the scene. "We cannot draw conclusions that his father-in-law is assisting him. However, it indeed aroused suspicion," the officer added.
Chetna, wife of real estate developer Jayant Ajmera was found with her throat slit at her Ghatkopar residence on the evening of May 7. Jewellery worth Rs 1.4 crore was missing from the first floor residence.