The body of an 18-year-old girl was found in the garment factory at Dadar where she had been working for the last one year.
Manisha Govekar, a resident of Kamgar Rahivasi Sangh in Dadar, went missing on Sunday night. The police are looking for Govekar’s alleged boyfriend Nagendra Pasi (22) who is the prime suspect as the room where Govekar’s body was found was Nagendra’s accommodation.
Hasmukh Rana, the owner of the garment company, had employed Pasi — a native of Allahabad — two years ago and given him accommodation in the room below his unit near Dhanmill junction.
On Sunday, Govekar left her home at 8 pm. When she did not return till late, her parents and brothers began searching for her. Next morning, they filed a missing complaint with the NM Joshi police station.
On Monday at 9 am, her neighbours who also worked in the same factory, reached the unit and found the door of Pasi’s room locked.
“The employees and Rana got a key maker and found Govekar’s body with a dupatta wrapped around her neck when they opened the door. The body bore strangulation marks,” said Madhukar Sankhe, assistant commissioner of police.
A murder case has been registered against an unidentified person. “Pasi was the only one who had the keys to the room and he is absconding. So he is the prime suspect but it is difficult to conclude he is the killer as we do not know how Govekar landed in the room or who else was present there besides Pasi,” said a police officer from Dadar police station.
“At 8 pm, I saw Govekar speaking on her phone and walking restlessly. That was the last time I saw her before she crossed the road to go towards her factory,” said Govekar’s neighbour.
The police have asked for Govelar’s phone records and are trying to trace Pasi.