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Police pin hopes on lone witness to killing

After failing to find any witness in Tuesday’s Kala Chowkie murder except for the victim’s husband, the police have now contacted Sudhakar Pandloskar after Hindustan Times reported that he was at the scene at the time of the murder.

mumbai Updated: Oct 29, 2009 01:47 IST
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After failing to find any witness in Tuesday’s Kala Chowkie murder except for the victim’s husband, the police have now contacted Sudhakar Pandloskar after Hindustan Times reported that he was at the scene at the time of the murder.

The police have prepared sketches based on the description given by the victim Beena Dedhia’s husband Jatin and will question Pandloskar (25) on Thursday.

Beena (39), a homemaker, was allegedly killed by two chain snatchers near Kala Chowkie early on Tuesday morning, when she and Jatin were out for their morning walk.

The accused, who reportedly arrived on a motorcycle, killed Beena when she refused to part with her earrings.

Jatin, who gave them his wallet and gold chain, was also injured and is recovering at a hospital in Parel.

Pandloskar, who claimed he was walking on a bridge 200-250 meters from the crime scene, said he saw the attackers on an old Yamaha.

“I have seen them (accused) a few times before this”. He also alleged he saw a police beat marshal getting his bike cleaned and having tea around 500 yards from the spot at the time. “Had the beat marshal been alert, the victim would have been alive today,” he told Hindustan Times.

“Pandloskar could be of great help in cracking the case,” said Senior Inspector A Chate of Unit 4 of the crime branch.

The police also questioned Jatin at the hospital. In his statement, he has said the accused were well built, and that while the rider kept the engine running, the pillon rider threatened the couple to part with their valuables.

Beena reportedly resisted and pushed the pillon rider when he asked for her ring, after which he reportedly attacked her with a knife.

“The accused then zoomed away on the bike,” said a police source. Based on the description given by Jatin and Pandloskar, the police have questioned over 25 chain snatchers in and around the vicinity.