The police did not need to use their interrogation techniques to get an accused to confess to the murder of a south Mumbai landlord.
A stop to a dhaba was enough to break him down and unravel the murder of Hakim Khambatti, owner of Yusuf Manzil building at the Lamington Road, last year
The accused, Irfan Namakwala, had dined at the same dhaba after committing the crime. Presuming that the police were aware of this, he confessed to the crime.
Crime branch officers investigating Khambatti’s disappearance since February 20 last year, had tracked his mobile phone’s last location to Vasai. His body was found in the Charoti naka area of Thane.
Inspector Shashikant Mane said they Khambatti and Namakwala were involved in a dispute after the former refused to sell his building.
“Though Namakwala emerged as a suspect, we did not have substantial evidence to link him to the crime,” said inspector Sadanand Rane.
The police decided to take him to the spot where the body was found. On its way, the police team stopped at the Kinara dhaba at Bhayander on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway for lunch. “But we decide to go to another eatery at Manor,’ said Rane.
As soon as the police reached the dhaba, a panicked Namakwala confessed his role in the murder. “He even praised us for tricky investigation,” Rane said.
The police found that Namakwala and his accomplices had come to the dhaba after killing Khambatti. “He thought we were aware of this and confessed,” said the officer.
Namakwala told the police that he and two other killed Khambatti and then made a fake power of attorney to show that they had permission to redevelop Yusuf Manzil building.
The police arrested Namakwala along with Mohammad Ansari, 38, and Ahmed Surotia, 19, in December last year.