A BJP youth wing leader, who was also a member of the Veer Narmad South Gujarat University Senate and Syndicate and a lawyer, Amit Sindha (40), was found murdered and his body disposed of on NH-8 near Unn village in Navsari district, on Wednesday morning. Preliminary investigations point to a fitness trainer, Divyesh Manoj Chikhligar, as the prime suspect, who had reportedly developed a relationship with a divorced woman whose case was with Sindha. The accused is still at large and both Surat and Navsari police are screening surveillance camera footage to put the pieces together to locate him.
Sindha’s body was found by a youth, who was on his way to the Saibaba temple on NH-8 near Unn village in Navsari district on Wednesday morning. He informed the Navsari police which rushed a team and identified Sindha from papers in his wallet. The body of Sindha, a resident of Purshottam Nagar at Althan area in Surat, was found with multiple stab wounds and sent to Civil hospital for post- mortem.
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The police called his father, Khuman Sinh, to inform him about the murder. The family members told the police that Sindha had left home Tuesday night in his car to go to Khatodara police station for some work and had failed to return. His cellphone was switched off.
Investigations by the Navsari district police have indicated that Sindha went to Khatodara police station to sort out a case concerning his client, a woman who had accused Chikhligar of mentally and physically harassing her.
Her son had suffered a paralytic attack and she was regularly taking him to a physiotherapist where she met Chikhligar, a resident of Nanavat Shahpore, who was also working over there as fitness trainer. Both of them became friends, but the woman decided to abruptly end the relationship and stopped meeting and talking to him.
Annoyed at the spurn, Chikhligar started sending SMSes to her and even threatening her over the phone. Fed up with the harassment, the woman contacted Sindha and through him submitted an application to the police, complaining about the harassment she faced from Chikhligar on Tuesday.
The Khatodara police station called all three of them Tuesday night to settle the issue. Sindha told Chikhligar to stop contacting the woman on the phone. After the settlement was done from both the sides, Sindha demanded Rs 5 lakh from Chikhligar as part of the settlement and a deal was finalised. The trio left the police station, Sindha dropped the woman at her home at Ashirwad enclave in Althan area.
The police suspects that it was then that Chikhligar hatched a plan and called Sindha soon after the settlement and sought to meet him at a rendezvous and killed him in his own car and dropped the body alongside the highway in Unn village. After killing Sindha, Chikhligar called up on the woman’s mobile phone and informed her that he had murdered Amit and would also teach her a lesson. He climbed into her flat from the sanitation pipe and the two had heated exchange. The woman shouted loudly for help when he assaulted her, alarming the neighbours and security guards who reached her flat. Chikhligar escaped from the spot on seeing the crowd and left Sindha’s car in the Ashirwad Enclave car parking.
Khatodara police, on learning about the incident, reached the Ashirwad enclave parking and seized Sindha’s car used by the murder suspect. On checking the car, police recovered Rs 1.50 lakh cash and found blood stains, which police suspect might be of the deceased.
Navsari local crime branch police inspector N P Gohil said, “We have alerted all the neighbouring district police to be alert to catch the accused Divyesh involved in murder of Amit Sindha. WE are in contact with Surat police who is also searching the murder suspect. We are checking the footage of CCTV cameras installed at different junctions on NH-8 between Surat and Navsari to find out the movements of Divyesh. Surat police have also carried out checking at his house in Nanavat area and found him missing.”