The Mumbai crime bra-nch has recovered a torso from the Kumbharli Ghat near Chip-lun, which they suspect belongs to small-time producer Karan Kumar Kakkad. A senior officer said a team had taken the main accused, Vijay Palande, to the spot on Saturday.
“The torso was found in the same area where we had recovered some of the remains. It has been sent for forensic tests,” the officer said.
On April 16, Palande had revealed where he had dumped Kakkad’s body, after which the police had recovered a skull and bones from the rib cage. Crime branch officials said they had also found congealed blood in Kakkad’s flat at Oberoi Springs in Lokhandwala, Andheri, which has been sent for DNA tests.
They are also probing Palande’s links with gangster Chhota Rajan. “Palande helped us with information about Santosh Shetty, who was once a close aide of Rajan,” the officer said. “Even when Palande was re-arrested at Churchgate station after his escape on April 10, he told the police that he would get them Rajan if they let him go.”
On Monday, the crime branch opposed the bail plea filed by stockbroker Gautam Vora saying that they wanted to further probe the relationship between Vora and Palande.