A week after the Chembur police found a woman’s torso dumped near a lake, and dismembered legs soon after, the investigators arrested 31-year-old manager of Chembur Gymkhana on Tuesday for the murder.
The accused and the woman, a widow, were in a relationship since two years.
However, after she pressed him for marriage and also revealed their relation to her family, the accused killed her on October 29, police said.
The accused Prabhakar Shetty stayed at the gymkhana’s staff quarters located at Subhash Nagar area in Chembur.
At around 8pm, Kanta Shetty had come to his residence when the duo had a spat following which he attacked her with a large kitchen knife and then hacked her body into pieces in the bathroom. Other persons who shared the quarters with Shetty were out at the time.
The investigators said the accused had preplanned the murder as he had arranged large plastic bags to dispose the body. Police found 16 of them from the flat.
“Shetty disposed the woman’s arms, legs, torso and head at different locations, and threw the knife in an open drain. We have recovered some limbs of the deceased and are in the process of recovering the weapon,” said Prahlad Panaskar, senior inspector of Chembur police.
Shetty came under the scanner after the Sakinaka police summoned him for questioning in connection with a missing person’s complaint Kanta’s family had registered.
The family was suspicious about Shetty since they knew about the relationship, police said.
Kanta stayed with her 14-year-old son at Chandivli.
Shetty confessed to the crime during the questioning, and the police then informed their counterparts in Chembur who connected the loose ends, following which the identity of the female torso was ascertained.
“We have recovered all the limbs except the arms. Her head was found early on Tuesday,” Panaskar said.
The police have sought permission to clear some mangroves near the Trombay jetty to locate the arms.
Shetty, who comes from an educated family, has been booked under sections 302 (murder) and 201 (causing disappearance of evidence of offence, or giving false information) of the IPC and the police have secured his custody for further investigation.