Three men who sodomised a 22-year-old man and later killed him using a sharp object at Shakti Mills Compound in 2011 were arrested on Monday night. The three men have also confessed to killing a 16-year-old boy at Marine Drive in July 2014.
On Monday night, a team of police officers from VP Road police station, while on patrol, were provided with information about three people planning a robbery in the Girgaum area of south Mumbai.
The team then found three people lurking suspiciously in the Gulalwadi area of Girgaum, later identified as Rajkumar Kallianna, 23, Sunil Kumar, 30, and Vishal Padgham, 30. The trio was detained.
In course of interrogating them, the police established their involvement in two murders, including that of a 22-year-old man at the Shakti Mills Compound.
Police officers are now in the process of establishing the identity of a man named Siraj, who the three arrested accused have mentioned in their statements. The police are keen on ascertaining whether the man is the same as Siraj Rehman Khan alias Sirju, 24, one of the men found guilty in the gang-rape case of a photojournalist in 2013, which also took place at Shakti Mills.
The three arrested men have admitted that after sodomising the 22-year-old man, they severed his head, and abandoned parts of the body at two different locations.
They said they killed the man as he would tip off their rivals whenever they made any money, after which their rivals would threaten them into parting with the cash.
Police officers are now investigating how the three men used to make money. In July 2014, a 16-year-old boy, suspected to be a runaway kid living in the city, was also killed in Girgaum Chowpatty.
Investigations have revealed that the arrested accused would work with the boy for a caterer.
“The arrested trio, along with three accomplices, sodomised the boy. After that, they panicked and smothered him to death. The body was thrown into the sea,” said Govind Bote, assistant commissioner of police, Girgaum division.
The Marine Drive police, in whose jurisdiction the boy’s body was found, had registered a case of accidental death for the boy. It has now registered a case of sodomy and murder.