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Mumbai cops smash slab at brothel owner’s house, find her husband’s skeleton

Mumbai police are digging the surrounding areas to retrieve the skeletal remains of the woman’s other two victims

mumbai Updated: Dec 08, 2017 17:56 IST
Ram Parmar
Ram Parmar
Hindustan Times, Palghar
Crime,Mumbai news,Mumbai crime
Woman arrested in Palghar’s Boisar for running a brothel, confessed to killing her husband 12 years back and dumping his body in a septic tank.(ANI Photo)

A day after a brothel owner from Palghar confessed to killing three people, police smashed a cement slab at her house on Wednesday and recovered the skeletal remains of her husband Sahdev, whom she had allegedly murdered in 2004.

Sarita Bharati, 42, and her lover Kamlesh Chavan, stoned Sahdev to death after he caught them in a compromising position, police said.

They disposed of his body in a septic tank, which they covered with cement, said assistant inspector Mansinh Patil of Boisar police.

Police said Sahdev’s upper and lower jaw are intact and his bone marrow is in good condition, which means DNA testing can be carried out at the Kalina lab.

Police are digging the surrounding areas to find the skeletal remains of the other victims.

“Sarita ran a brothel in Dandipada, Boisar (East). We had arrested her and one of her customers for prostitution under the Prevention of Immoral Trafficking Act (PITA) on Sunday. They were remanded in police custody till December 9, when they will be produced before the Palghar court,” he said.

Police have not arrested Sarita for murder as they are still investigating the prostitution racket. “We are on the hunt for Kamlesh, who is absconding. We will also question her son Sandesh, 25, who is a tempo driver in Palghar,” he added.

Police suspect Sandesh, who was a minor then, had aided Sarita and Kamlesh when they murdered Sahdev. They are investigating his role.

After murdering Sahdev, Sarita told neighbours that he was an alcoholic who had deserted her and that is why she did not ask police to register a missing person’s case.

The Boisar MIDC police said Sarita recently murdered one of her customers, a Bengali man, as she wanted to steal the Rs1 lakh he was carrying. “She has not told us where she disposed of the body,” said the official.

Police said Sarita practices black magic and murdered a third person as a human sacrifice.

First Published: Dec 07, 2017 22:09 IST