The murder of senior citizen Arun Tikku was not planned, claimed Dhananjay Shinde in his confession. Shinde was allegedly Vijay Palande's accomplice in the crime, and his confession is part of the charge sheet in the case. Police are not convinced with Shinde’s confession, saying it was an attempt to misguide investigation.
Arun Tikku had abused him when he saw Shinde and Palande in his son Anuj’s flat, Shinde claimed. Shinde told him he was staying in the house with Manoj Gajkosh to oversee some preparations before giving the room to main accused Palande’s German wife, who was to stay there as a paying guest.
Tikku had then disapproved of having a paying guest in the house and the agreement was subsequently cancelled. Shinde said he was not paid what he spent to register the agreement, and was asked to come later when he asked for it.
On April 7, he got drunk and entered the house with his duplicate keys and attacked Tikku when Tikku tried to stop him. He stabbed the victim with a kitchen knife and attacked Gajkosh also when the latter intervened.
After fleeing from the house, he called Palande for help. Shinde met Palande at the Mumbai-Goa Highway where Palande and Anuj Tikku were headed for Goa. They went to Palande’s sister’s house (en-route) and stayed there for a day with Anuj.
The police is not convinced by Shinde’s statement. The prosecution has stated that Shinde had given this confession statement just to misguide the investigation and save Palande.
The body of Arun Tikku was found in his three-bedroom apartment on the first floor of Samarth Aangan in Andheri(W) on April 7.