Maha: Three arrested in Kirnapure murder case
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Last Updated: Sunday, May 01, 2011, 18:44
Nagpur: Three persons were arrested in connection with the murder of engineering student Monica Kirnapure last month, police said on Monday.

The arrested persons have been remanded in police custody till April 7, they said.

"The brutal murder of Monica was a contract killing by a jilted lover, and was indeed a case of mistaken identity as he wanted to take revenge on another girl," Commissioner of Police Ankush Dhanvijay said at a press conference here.

One of the arrested persons is Santosh Sonekar from Hudkeshwar area here, who, police said, was one of the assailants.

Monica was stabbed to death on March 11 near her college in Nandanvan area. The murder evoked sharp reactions from the locals, and also figured in the ongoing session of State Assembly.

Maharashtra Home Minister RR Patil had announced a reward of Rs one lakh for the information leading to the arrests.

Declining to reveal the names of other two accused -- arrested last night -- Dhanvijay however said that Rs one lakh were paid to the killers after the murder. He also said that sketches released by police helped to some extent in cracking the case.

The main accused hails from Sawargaon (Katol) and was a teacher who also ran a shop. He was in love with Monica's friend. "We have to collect evidence and need eye witnesses' help to strengthen the case. Therefore we would not share more information," the city police chief said.


First Published: Sunday, May 01, 2011, 18:44

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