Two advocates-turned-struggling artistes from the city were arrested in Mumbai on Sunday for abducting and killing small-time actress Meenakshi Thapa last month. The Mumbai police is likely to reach Allahabad late on Tuesday along with the accused,Amit Kumar Jaiswal and Preeti Elvira Surin,in this connection.
Thapa,a Nepalese national who settled in Dehradun before moving to Mumbai,had gone missing a month ago from her Mumbai residence. She was brought to Allahabad,murdered,her body dismembered and disposed of after a failed extortion attempt,said the police.
Mumbai Police Crime Branch sources on Monday said that the two accused have told them that Thapas decapitated body was dumped into a water tank in the building in Allahabad they stayed in. They have told us that after the murder,they cut off her head. They disposed of the head by throwing it from a bus between Allahabad and Lucknow. This was after they dumped the body in a water tank in the building they were staying in. We have sent a team to Allahabad to recover the body, said a Crime Branch officer.
However,Allahabad police said that Mumbai police were yet to officially get in touch with them.
SP (City) Shailesh Kumar Yadav,said: We have been hearing about the case through the media. We have some information through unofficial channels. But so far,the Mumbai police have not informed us officially or sought our request.
Surendra Jaiswal,Amits father and a lawyer,said over phone that he came to know of Thapas disappearance on March 30 when the the Mumbai police questioned him. I had no idea that Amit was involved in the crime. He had been in Mumbai since July last year and had told me that he was working in a bank. He had left Allahabad after a tiff with his wife, said Jaiswal,adding that Amit used to run a coaching centre at Mumfordganj,besides practising as a lawyer. He said that Amit,a father of two,met Preeti a couple of years ago. She encouraged him to join Bhojpuri films. When these things came to my knowledge,I closed down the coaching centre in June last year. In July,he left. I had thought that things would cool down after some time and he would return, said Jaiswal.
Amit visited him in November last year,said Jaiswal. When I asked him to return and take up work here,he left and since then was not in touch with me, said Jaiswal.
According to Mumbai Police,the two accused lived in Virar. They befriended Thapa at a film shoot and she told them that she was from a rich family and was working in Bollywood a hobby,said the police.
The couple hatched a plan to kidnap Thapa and ask for a ransom. On March 13,they took Thapa to Allahabad on the pretext of a film shoot. They got her ATM card and mobile SIM card after killing her in Gorakhpur, said a Crime Branch officer.
The duo allegedly called up Thapas mother and demanded a ransom of Rs 15 lakh. They allegedly threatened her family that they would shoot a porn film featuring Thapa,and would kill her if their demand was not fulfilled. According to the police,the couple instructed Thapas brother Navraj to deposit the cash into her account. Navraj had filed a kidnapping complaint with the Dehradun police,which was transferred to Amboli police station. The police said that Navraj had given the kidnapers Rs 60,000.