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72 hours after father, 10-year-old son are murdered in Mumbai, police arrest two

Mumbai police said the man’s hands and legs were tied with rope and duct tape was wrapped around his face

mumbai Updated: Sep 28, 2017 23:53 IST
Ram Parmar
Ram Parmar
Hindustan Times
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The two were held by the Virar police.(HT)

Virar police arrested an estate agent and a mechanic 72 hours after a man and his 10-year-old son were found murdered.

On Tuesday, the body of student Harsh Kargal was found in a pond in Dahisar. The next day, police found the body of his father, Chandrakant, in a nullah in Arnala. Police said his hands and legs were tied with rope and duct tape was wrapped around his face. Younus Shaikh, inspector, Virar police station, said Chandrakant’s wife Sumitra named estate agent Vishnu Patil, 35, as a suspect. When Vishnu was nabbed, he confessed.

Chandarkant, a resident of Shahkar Nagri in Virar (East), had paid Vishnu Rs12 lakh for a property. When the deal fell through, Chandarkant asked for a refund. However, Vishnu returned only Rs7 lakh and made excuses as to why he could not return the rest. On Monday, Vishnu and his aide Monu Hari Sahani, 20, a mechanic who lives in Gadgapada, Virar (East) decided to murder Chandrakant, said police.

“As Chandrakant and Harsh were returning home from school, Vishnu, who was driving a Swift car with Sahani in the front seat, offered them a lift,” said Bajbale. Vishnu halted near a deserted house. 

“While one of the accused held Chandrakant, the other stuffed a cloth bag into his mouth and wrapped his face with duct tape. They tied his hands and legs and left him to suffocate to death,” said Shaikh. As Harsh was the sole witness to the crime, the accused murdered him in the car. A shopkeeper in Virar identified Vishnu as the man who bought the cloth bag.

The two will be produced before a court on Friday,​

First Published: Sep 28, 2017 23:51 IST