Frustrated with her neighbour allegedly defaming her character, Kalyan resident Nandini Shinde (27) reportedly murdered the woman’s one-year-old grandson, Shreyas Nadage.
“Around 11 am on Saturday, we got a call saying that the body of a boy who had gone missing on Thursday was found in the bushes. Our police team rushed to the spot where we found the victim’s body wrapped in a dupatta,” said Police Inspector Jagdish Lohalkar of the Kolsewadi police station.
“There were strangulation marks on Shreyas’s neck. We sent the body for a post-mortem, where doctor confirmed our suspicion that he had been strangled,” added Lohalkar.
While inquiring whose dupatta it was, the victim's mother Sangeeta identified it as Shinde’s, their neighbour
The police then took Shinde into custody for inquiry. Initially, she tried to dodge the questions, but she finally reportedly confessed to the crime.
Lohalkar said Shinde said she was a Class 12 dropout and was pursuing a career in fashion designing.
Shinde said she was unmarried due to family problems and the victim’s grandmother was allegedly slandering her image.
To take revenge, on Thursday, when Shreyas was outside their house, Shinde allegedly strangled him and hid his body in the storeroom at her house.
When Shinde got the chance, she then allegedly wrapped the boy’s body in her dupatta and dumped it in the nearby bushes.
The Nadages, who were in a state of shock, refused to talk to the media.
“On Thursday, when the victim’s parents were away and his grandmother went to fetch water from the ground floor, Shreyas went missing. After his parents returned, they lodged a missing person’s complaint with the Kolsewadi police,” said Sudam Gangawane, Nadage’s neighbour.