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Rana showed no remorse: Cops

Despite admitting to his crime, Jitendra Rana, the man who allegedly murdered Keenan Santos and Reuben Fernandes in a street fight on October 20, has conveyed no remorse for his act, police sources have said.

mumbai Updated: Nov 06, 2011 00:56 IST
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Despite admitting to his crime, Jitendra Rana, the man who allegedly murdered Keenan Santos and Reuben Fernandes in a street fight on October 20, has conveyed no remorse for his act, police sources have said.

Rana is a history-sheeter and has been arrested on at least one previous occasion, police said. Rana works as a cleaner and is a resident of Valmiki Nagar in Andheri West.

Meanwhile, the DN Nagar police have sent the clothes worn by Santos and Fernandes at the time of the incident to the Forensic Sciences Laboratory (FSL) in Kalina. The police have also sent the weapons used in the crime, and the viscera of the two men for analysis.

According to the first information report, Rana had a fight with Keenan and Reuben, who had stepped out after a dinner with their friends at an Amboli restaurant. The quarrel, which took place outside a paan shop, allegedly over an act of sexual harassment, turned ugly after Avinash Solanki - one of the boys’ friend – slapped Rana. Angered, Rana and his friends left the spot, but returned shortly thereafter, armed with knives, bamboos and stumps and accompanied by a larger group. Keenan and Rueben were stabbed by the men. While Keenan died on the same day, Reuben succumbed to his wounds on October 31.

On October 21, Rana and his three accomplices were arrested and remanded to police custody. On November 4, they were remanded to judicial custody for 14 days.

The police also arrested 17 others from Valmiki Nagar, who obstructed and manhandled the police team that went to arrest the accused. These 17 persons are currently lodged in judicial custody. “We are in the process of gathering evidence against the accused,” said V Bhoite, senior police inspector of DN Nagar police station.