The kidnapping and murder of 40-year-old Ashish Bansal on Wednesday has instilled fear among his family members.
Bansal, who lived with his wife, a 16-year-old daughter and parents in Ghatkopar was found dead in Navi Mumbai in the wee hours on Wednesday after being abducted from the Mumbai-Pune expressway on Tuesday evening. This, despite the family having paid a Rs50 lakh ransom.
When Hindustan Times visited Bansal’s residence, his cousins were afraid to talk fearing that if their name appears in print they may also be killed. However, when asked who they were afraid of, they had no answers.
Bansal’s cousin, who also resides in the Madhav Baug area of Ghatkopar (West), told HT, “His wife and family members say he had not mentioned any threat or business rivalry.”
Those assembled outside Daya Darshan apartment where Bansal resided were wondering why the police have not been able to at least identify the accused.
“A staff member who had gone to deposit part of the Rs50 lakh ransom outside Vashi railway station had noted the registration number and make of the vehicle and has given it to the police. They should have at least traced the identity of the vehicle owner,” said a family friend who did not wish to be named.
Probe transferred to Navi Mumbai crime branch
Mumbai: The Raigad police have transferred the probe into businessman Ashish Bansal’s murder to the Navi Mumbai crime branch. No arrests have been made in the case so far.
Bansal, a resident of Ghatkopar, was kidnapped and shot dead on Tuesday evening at Vashi in Navi Mumbai. His body was later dumped in Raigad. The police suspect that the killing was over a business deal that went wrong.
Bansal’s scrap-processing unit is located at a village in Khalapur area of Raigad. He and his driver, Rikame, were kidnapped from near Bhatan tunnel on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway at around 5pm on Tuesday. On his request, the Rs50-lakh ransom was delivered by family members to the kidnappers in Vashi. Bansal was thereafter shot four times from close range. His car was found in Panvel, while the driver was released by the kidnappers in Kharghar on Wednesday.
Deputy commissioner of police (crime) DT Shinde said, “A special team comprising of an assistant commissioner of police and five police officers has been formed to crack the case.”
G. Mohiuddin Jeddy