The police have decided to charge multiple murder accused Vijay Palande with one more murder, after the DNA of the skull found at Kumbharli ghat in Chiplun did not match with that of aspiring Bollywood producer Karan Kakkad.
As the skull was found at the spot pointed out by Palande – where he and his associates had dumped Kakkad’s body parts – the Mumbai crime branch will file a case against him, Himanshu Roy, joint commissioner of police (crime), said.
The police are yet to ascertain whose skull it is. The skull was found on April 16.
“The DNA of the torso that was found at Kumbharli ghat on April 29 matches with Kakkad,” Roy said. The DNA report has strengthened the case against Palande, officials said.
The police took Kakkad’s mother Rita’s blood to match the DNA with the torso and the skull. The test was conducted at the Kalina-based state forensic laboratory.
Officials said Kakkad was killed in his Oshiwara flat in March.His body was hacked to pieces and packed into plastic bags.
The body parts were taken in Palande’s BMW to Kumbharli ghat. “The accused threw the body parts one by one at different locations so it is tough to find them,” said another official, requesting anonymity.
Crime branch teams have visited Kumbharli ghat thrice so far to gather evidence.
The murder came to light during Palande’s interrogation.