The railway police arrested the father-in-law and brother-in-law of the woman whose body was found in the luggage compartment of a local train in Churchgate on April 25. The woman who was later identified as Laija Khan, 30, a resident of Nalasopara, was originally from Bangladesh.
According to the police, Laija was living with her husband Abdul alias Lotan Khan, 38, father-in-law Kudus Khan, 65 and brother-in-law Noor Islam Khan, 35. Laija’s younger sister Rubina, 8, was also living with them, the railway police said.
The police found blurred images of Lotan boarding the luggage compartment with a sack at 4.50am at Nalasopara station.
Police said when the murder took place Kudus and Noor were present in the house and later helped Lotan escape. Sources in the railway police said Rubina had witnessed the murder of her elder sister and hence Lotan killed her too. “The couple used to have frequent fights. On the day of the murder there was a huge fight between Lotan and Laija following which he strangulated her,” said Anil Tamaychekar, deputy commissioner of the police (WR).
Though the motive is yet unclear, sources said the couple frequently fought as Lotan suspected Laija of having an extra-marital affair. The couple, along with their family, had migrated from Bangladesh a few years ago and were making a living by working as daily wage labourers at under-construction buildings in Nalasopara.
Explaining how the police tracked down the two men and their involvement in the crime, Tamaychekar said, “We found leads from the clothes we found along with the body. During the interrogation we found that the woman was a Bangladeshi. We concentrated our attention on Nalasopara and after showing the woman’s photograph around we traced her house where we found her photographs with other family members.”
Kudus and Noor were planning to escape from the city to UP and were arrested from Govandi on Wednesday after the railway police received a tip-off on their location. “The duo has been remanded in police custody till May 12,” Tamaychekar said.