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Killer who left body in Churchgate train held

mumbai Updated: May 05, 2011 01:07 IST
Debasish Panigrahi
Debasish Panigrahi
Hindustan Times
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The police have solved the murder of a 23-year-old woman whose body was found stuffed inside a gunny bag in the luggage compartment of a local train at Churchgate station on April 25. The alleged killer, Ripon Khan, 28, a Bangladeshi national and the victim’s husband, was nabbed from near the Indo-Bangladesh border in Pargana district of West Bengal on Wednesday by a crack team of the Crime Branch Control (CB Control).

Highly placed police sources told HT on Wednesday that the woman has been identified as Naizu, 23. Following his arrest, Ripon told the police that he had also killed his sister-in-law (Naizu’s sister), Rubina, 9, the same night and dumped her body in a deserted place at Naigaon before he fled to Kolkata.

According to sources, Naizu, who hailed from Jesore in Bangladesh, was Ripon’s second wife. The couple lived in Nalasopara where Ripon does odd jobs. Some time ago Rubina had come to Nalasopara from Bangladesh.

Sources said the couple had been having serious marital problems of late. On the night of April 24, they fought again, following which Ripon decided to kill Naizu. After Naizu and Rubina fell asleep, Ripon first strangulated his wife. But, Rubina woke up in the commotion. Fearing that the girl would spill the beans, Ripon strangulated her too. He then packed the bodies in two separate gunny bags stuffed with old clothes.

Sources said Ripon brought both the bodies to Nalasopara railway station in the wee hours (between 4 am and 5 am) of April 25. As he came to the station, a Churchgate-bound train had just pulled in. Seeing the luggage compartment empty, he dumped the bag containing Naizu’s body inside it. He sat in an adjoining compartment with the bag containing Rubina’s body, which he later dumped at Naigaon.

Senior inspector Rakesh Sharma of CB Control confirmed Ripon’s arrest. He is being brought back to the city and is likely to be produced in court on Thursday.