Driver, accomplice arrested in IIM professor murder case



Driver, accomplice arrested in IIM professor murder case Indore: The driver of slain professor of Indian Institute of Management, Indore, Amrita Pancholi was arrested Tuesday on the charge of killing her while his accomplice apprehended for abetting the murder.

The driver Anil Patel confessed to the murder of Pancholi as Amrita refused to reveal her ATM card's PIN number to him, following which he repeatedly stabbed her, Inspector General (IG) Indore Range Sanjay Rana told reporters.

Another accused arrested with Patel was identified as Bhavesh Soni who aided and abetted him in the crime, the IG said.

Patel told the police that he came to know that there is a lot of money in Pacholi's account and he decided to steal it along with Soni, according to Rana.

The driver is known to Pancholi and he used to take care of minor repairs of her car, police said.

On December 17, the day professor was murdered, Patel went to her place for some work relating to her car and Pancholi gave him the keys of her house and asked him to lock it.

However, he left the rear door of the house open and after Pancholi went for some work in the campus he got inside from that door and hid inside the house, Rana said.

When Amrita returned and was resting in her room, he took away her purse which had her ATM card and later asked her to reveal its PIN number but she refused, the IG said.

Patel kept asking her about the PIN number and on every refusal stabbed her all along her body, following which she died, the IG said.

The driver stabbed her over a dozen times causing grievous injuries, Rana said.

Since police were aware that the driver used to visit the professor's house, he was quizzed by the police and on giving contradictory statement police nabbed him.

Besides, police also came to know about them through mobile phones of Pancholi which was taken away by them.

Both of them were arrested from Annapurna area of Indore, the IG added.

PTI