The Amboli police have dispatched four teams to various parts of Maharashtra to gather evidence and finding the missing links in the case of Karan Kakkad, the 26-year-old aspiring producer who went missing from his Oberoi Springs, Lokhandwala residence on March 5. The teams have been working in accordance with the confessions of the main accused in the case, Vijay Palande, the police said.
"As per disclosures from Palande, four teams were on the job to trace Kakkad's body. While three teams were dispatched to Pune, Satara and Kumbharli, one team is at work within the city," said Pratap Dighavkar, deputy commissioner of police (zone 9).
Initially, the teams were working on a priority basis to locate Kakkad's body. But, now that the body has seemingly been found and the DNA verification process to be initiated soon, the teams will focus on gathering evidence. The police said these teams were working on finding out any local links in the case, if other persons are involved in the crime or if there are any abettors, among other crucial evidence in the case.
On Sunday, after sustained interrogation, Palande confessed to having murdered Kakkad, following which teams were dispatched to trace Kakkad's body. On Sunday, the police had also recovered Kakkad's car, a BMW, from one Rahul Mane's property in the Kondwa area of Pune.
The police said although the police team in Kumbharli was aware that the body was lying along the stretch between Satara and Ratnagiri, it took a while to retrieve it.
"The body was thrown down the valley and the team had to summon trained hikers to get it," said a crime branch official. The police said Palande had been giving conflicting versions of the incident and hence, it had become necessary to verify each statement he made. "Verification processes are vital here as Palande has been lying continuously. When we verified the address where Palande said the Mercedes used during the Anuj Tikku murder was registered, it was bogus," Dighavkar said.