The Crime Branch on Tuesday said it has solved the murder of a 40-year-old man from Vakola, with the arrest of four of his killers.
Joint Commissioner of Police, crime, Rakesh Maria said the killers – Abrar Pathan (20), Sheru Khan (20), Salim Sheikh (25) and Sahil Kalwata (19) – were arrested from different places in Goregaon (E) and Jogeshwari on Tuesday. Monetary gain was the motive.
Maria said Irfan Mehdihassan Qureshi (40) was found murdered in his house in Bori Chawl, Shivaji Nagar, at Vakola, on February 15, by the watchman of the chawl. Qureshi worked as a pastry chef with the Hyatt Intercontinental hotel, with a monthly salary of around Rs 40,000.
The body bore multiple stab wounds, and the throat was slit. Police found women’s wigs, artificial breasts, women’s undergarments and stockings in the room. His credit card was missing from his wallet.
Unit VIII crime branch, led by senior inspector Vinayak Saude, while searching for the missing credit card, learnt that at around 6.23 am on February 15, the card was used to buy petrol for a motorcycle from a pump at Juhu.
It was later used to buy jeans and clothes worth Rs 23,000 from Oberoi Mall at Dindoshi. The motorcycle, stolen from Goregaon (E) the day before, was abandoned at Andheri.
The crime branch learnt that Qureshi had lived in Goregaon (E) before moving to Bahrain after his wedding some years ago. Divorced soon after, he returned to Mumbai and lived at Kalina and Jogeshwari before moving to Vakola, after which he took up the Hyatt job.
During investigations with his Goregaon neighbours, police learnt he was gay and often brought boys to his room. They picked up former acquaintances, who told them about his affairs with Abrar and Sheru, two chain snatchers from Behram Baug in Jogeshwari.
Arrested on Tuesday, they disclosed the names of Salim and Sahil – also chain snatchers – who were then arrested. They admitted that Qureshi had told Abrar two months ago that he was supposed to get Rs 60 lakh from his employer. The four went to Qureshi’s house on stolen motorcycles, stabbed Qureshi repeatedly, and escaped with his credit card.