Mangesh Shriniwas Salkar, 35, was already upset with his business partner, who he suspected was having an affair with his wife. An argument on the morning of February 5 infuriated him further and he pushed his friend Babu Dharma Salkar, 30, in the path of an oncoming train, the police said.
The Dahisar police arrested Mangesh and two of his accomplices — Santosh Bharat Bhoite, 30, and Maruti Datto Jannale, 32 — on Tuesday for allegedly killing Babu.
According to the police, Babu and Mangesh, both residents of Kanderpada area in Dahisar (West), were friends and had a joint business of selling liquor.
“Around 6.30am on February 5, the two men were walking along the railway tracks between Borivli and Dahisar railway stations,” said Ansar Pirjade, senior inspector, Dahisar police station.
Pirjade said they got into an argument, which riled an already upset Mangesh. “Mangesh pushed Babu on the tracks while a Virar-bound train was passing,” he said, adding that Babu sustained serious injuries on his head after being hit by the moving train and succumbed to his injuries on the spot.
Realising that Babu was dead, Mangesh called Bhoite and Jannale for help. “The three of them decided to dispose of the body. They picked it up and threw it behind a mangrove close to a temple,” said Pirjade.
When he didn’t return home for three days, Babu’s family filed a missing person’s complaint with the Dahisar station on February 8. “We found the victim’s body in a highly decomposed state on Sunday,” said Pirjade, adding that the family suspected Mangesh’s involvement in his disappearance.
During questioning, Mangesh confessed to the crime, which led to the arrest of his accomplices. The police said the trio was booked for murder and the case had been handed over to Borivli Government Railway Police.