Minor girl among three arrested in murder case

A day after a Nepali woman`s body was found in suburban Versova, city police arrested a man, who claims to be a film producer.

Mumbai: A day after a Nepali woman`s body
was found in suburban Versova, city police arrested a man, who
claims to be a film producer, along with his driver and the
lady`s minor daughter on charges of murder and destroying

The accused Krishnendu Sharma (40), who is a small
time producer, his adopted daughter, whose biological mother
is the deceased, and his vehicle driver Ashish Pandey were
arrested, said Nandkumar Mhetar, senior inspector at Versova
police station.

According to police, the decomposed body of a
40-year-old woman, wrapped in cloth, was found yesterday in
Siddharth Nagar slums of Versova. Her body bore grievous
injuries caused by a sharp weapon.

As the investigation progressed, the needle of
suspicion pointed towards Sharma, a resident of Lokhandwala in
suburban Andheri, Mhetar said.

"He was thoroughly grilled, when he confessed to have
murdered the woman with a knife on Wednesday and then with the
help of his 14-year-old adopted daughter and driver Pandey
abandoned it in Versova on the intervening night of Friday and
Saturday," he added.

According to police, the deceased, who was later
identified as Sunita Bahadur Singh (40), a Nepali national,
used to stay in suburban Malwani, along with his daughter.

"Sharma, who knew Sunita, had adopted her daughter
over a year ago and shifted Sunita to a rented house in
Goregaon area. Since last month, Sunita started staying in
Sharma`s second flat in Amboli area as she suffered AIDS.

Sharma had been footing the bills for her treatment and on
Wednesday, the duo had an argument, following which, Sharma
stabbed Sunita to death and left the body in the house,"
Mhetar said.

"Sensing that it would emanate foul smell, he decided
to dispose off the body. He told his adopted daughter that her
mother died of AIDS and called an ambulance to dispose off the
body. But the ambulance people refused to take the body as
there was no death certificate," he added.

Then, the accused, with the help of his daughter and
driver, wrapped the body in a cloth, before tying it with a
rope and dumped near the slum, police said adding that, "Owing
to some developments in the investigation, we are also probing
if Sharma had forced the minor daughter into the flesh trade."


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