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Cops crack Airoli engineer murder case, arrest four

Four people were arrested by the Navi Mumbai police in connection with the murder of L&T engineer Deepan Banerjee (27).

mumbai Updated: Aug 17, 2010 00:37 IST
G. Mohiuddin Jeddy
G. Mohiuddin Jeddy
Hindustan Times

Four people were arrested by the Navi Mumbai police in connection with the murder of L&T engineer Deepan Banerjee (27).

Banerjee had been found murdered on August 12 in his Airoli flat.

The accused were presented in court and have been remanded in police custody until August 20.

Speaking to mediapersons, Commissioner of Police Ahmad Javed said the accused met Banerjee while delivering food to him.

"Banerjee had employed Vinod Vishnu Bandal (23), a Rabale resident, to deliver food to him. Bandal knew that Banerjee lived alone and was earning well. With the help of his three friends, Bandal conspired to rob Banerjee," said Javed.

"After forcing their way in, Bandal and the other accused Suraj Popatrao Gurav (23), Santosh Bandu Raut (30) and Bhavesh Pannalal Lukkad (18) asked Banerjee to give them all his valuables. They stabbed him and left him bleeding," added Javed.

After a complaint by a neighbour, Nanak Kesvani, the police found Banerjee lying in a pool of blood.

A shirt stained with blood was recovered from the crime scene. The police traced the tailor of the shirt with the mark that was printed on the back of the shirt and found that the shirt was stitched by a tailor from Karad.

A police team then found that the shirt had been loaned by a person who purchased the shirt to Suraj Gurav. Gurav was detained by the police and after interrogation confessed to his crime and also revealed the names and whereabouts of his accomplices.

"With Gurav's confession, we were able to nab Raut and Bandal and later found that all stolen goods were kept with Lukkad. They confessed to their involvement in the murder and said that they had injured Bannerjee with knifes. They have been sent to police custody," concluded Javed.

First Published: Aug 17, 2010 00:37 IST