The Kasturba Marg police, on Friday, questioned the waiter of a Borivli hotel in connection with the abduction and murder of a 50-year-old woman from Vadodara in Gujarat who went missing after she arrived in the city on October 26.
The police said the three kidnappers had been identified as Salim, Raju Gauda and Jayaram but were untraceable. They said the victim, Bharti Jaiswal, was involved in some illegal business in Gujarat and had come to the city in that connection, as per her friend, Jaydeep Patel’s statement to the police.
“The waiter, Raju, had introduced Jaiswal and Patel to the three men who eventually abducted them. We are now trying to find out if Raju had any idea about the abduction-killing plan and the extent of his involvement in the case,” said an officer from the Kasturba Marg police, adding that Raju worked as a waiter at Ellora Guest House where the duo was staying since October 26.
The police said the three kidnappers are believed to have crossed the Indian border to Nepal. While Salim ran a poultry business, Gauda and Jayaram, worked in restaurants. Salim had lost a lot of money in gambling and needed money soon. His wife, too, has left Mumbai, the police said.
“Raju offered to introduce Jaiswal and Patel to three men in connection with their business. Salim and Raju Gauda then came down to Ellora Guest House on October 26. They took Patel and Jaiswal in Patel’s Skoda to Dindoshi where Jayaram was waiting. They asked Raju to leave before detaining the duo in separate rooms,” the officer said.
The police said although Jaiswal’s body had been identified by her son, Devang, they would conduct a DNA analysis for confirmation. The police said the preliminary probe revealed that the accused had intended to kill Patel as well and rob his expensive car, a Skoda sedan.