The police claim to have cracked a six-month-old murder case, identified the victim and arrested one of the accused. On February 10, locals found a man’s body, with its head crushed under a pile of stones, on Trombay jetty.
The Trombay police registered a case of murder, but were unable to identify the body, as there were no documents or identity proof.
The police checked the missing person’s complaints filed at all police stations in the city, and notified the Thane and the Navi Mumbai police, but did not get any leads.
Finally, on September 12, the Ghatkopar police detained autorickshaw driver Ravi Kumar Yadav (35) based on a tip-off. During interrogation, he allegedly confessed to his involvement in the murder.
“On Saturday, the Ghatkopar police picked up Yadav. We reopened and solved the case,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police, Zone VI, Dilip Sawant.
The victim was identified as Vile Parle resident Arun Rai, a mechanic.
“Yadav confessed that he, along with three of his friends, had killed Rai allegedly over a money dispute.”
But the police are yet to verify the motive of the crime.
“On the day of the incident, Yadav and Rai had a tiff over some money after which the four men decided to kill him,” said Sawant. “After getting Rai drunk, they took him to a secluded spot at Trombay jetty. They strangled him and placed stones on his head to prevent identification.”