In an unusual case, a murder that the police were not even aware of was solved after the brother of the accused made the latter surrender.
Mohamed Farooq Siddiqui, 19, surrendered at Dharavi police station in the early hours of Saturday confessing to have beheaded Sheku Ashfaq Ahmed Shaikh, 32, who allegedly tried to have unnatural sex with him. He had narrated the incident to his elder brother, who took him to the police station.
“The accused was accompanied by his brother. Siddiqui told us where the body and head is and we have removed it from a marshland near T-Junction in Dharavi. We also found the murder weapon there,” said Satam, adding there was a good possibility that the incident would have never surfaced.
Siddiqui and Shaikh were employed at garment shops. On Wednesday night, Shaikh told Siddiqui to accompany him to visit commercial sex workers but took him to an open space instead where he started touching him inappropriately and tried to have unnatural sex, police said. When Siddiqui did not relent, Shaikh threatened him with a knife against mentioning the incident to anyone. “By then, Shaikh had entered the marsh and his feet got trapped. Siddiqui snatched the knife and slashed his stomach,” said Prabhakar Satam, ACP (Dharavi division). Siddiqui then beheaded Shaikh so that he could not be identified. “Shaikh is married with two children. His family stays in Allahabad, while he resides here. Nobody suspected any foul play.”
Siddiqui, charged with murder and causing disappearance of evidence, has been remanded in police custody till March 3.