2011 murder cracked,one held

Eight months after he allegedly killed his senior in college,a 19-year-old youth was arrested by the Kasturba Marg police late on Saturday. Chetan Khankar is accused of killing Sanjesh Borle,whose body was found in a highly decomposed state in the Sanjay Gandhi National Park last October

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:May 28, 2012 12:05 am

Eight months after he allegedly killed his senior in college,a 19-year-old youth was arrested by the Kasturba Marg police late on Saturday. Chetan Khankar is accused of killing Sanjesh Borle (19),whose body was found in a highly decomposed state in the Sanjay Gandhi National Park last October.

Chetan and Sanjesh studied at the Kohinoor Technical Institute in Borivali (East). Sanjesh,a resident of Borivali (West),had gone missing on September 20 last year. His family had filed a missing person’s report the same day at the Borivali police station. On October 1,the Kasturba Marg police found a body in a highly decomposed state near the Gaondevi Temple on the Sanjay Gandhi National Park premises. The police also found Sanjesh’s identity card inside the victim’s shirt pocket. The police called his father to identify him and also took his blood samples to match the DNA with that of the deceased.

Chetan,who was arrested on Saturday and produced before a magistrate on Sunday,was the last person in whose company Sanjesh was seen,said investigators. Chetan reportedly told the police that Sanjesh had allegedly recorded a video clip of him doing sit-ups in class after being punished by a teacher.

“We received information that the two were together before Sanjesh was killed. We also checked Chetan’s location based on his mobile phone usage and could place him to the spot where Sanjesh was found dead. We nabbed him and he has confessed to the crime,” said Assistant Police Inspector Nishikant Sawant.

In his statement to the police,Chetan reportedly said he had a disagreement with Sanjesh after the latter recorded a clip of him doing sit-ups in class. Chetan also alleged Sanjesh slapped him in front of his friends.

“Although Sanjesh was his senior,their practical classes were held together. From what Chetan has told us,he was once punished by his teacher in class and Sanjesh recorded a video clip of him doing sit-ups and threatened to upload it on Facebook. He also told us that they had a fight and Sanjesh slapped him,and that is why he killed him,” said Sawant.

Chetan told investigators that he followed Sanjesh to the park and hit him on the head with a stone. The police suspect the murder took place on the same day Sanjesh went missing.

“He also stole the victim’s mobile phone and deleted the clip. We arrested him and have booked him under Sections 302 (murder) and 404 (dishonest misappropriation of property possessed by deceased person) of the IPC. We are verifying his statement and investigating the case,” said Sawant.

The police also called the teacher,who had allegedly punished Chetan,for routine questioning on Saturday. “The teacher also told us that Chetan was punished in class,” he said.

Chetan was produced in court on Sunday and remanded in police custody till May 30.

Meanwhile,Sanjesh’s family members claimed they are not adequately sure if the deceased was Sanjesh. His parents work as domestic helps and have three daughters. “We are still awaiting DNA reports,which should have come months ago. There is a chance that my brother is still alive and the dead person is someone else,” said Sanjesh’s elder sister Preeti (24).

Preeti said her brother did not have any enemies and he even kept friends at bay. “He was very close to our parents. Even on the day he went missing,he was in a jovial mood. How can someone who is fighting with someone else be in a happy mood? My father has been making the rounds of the police station every day and we will not believe Sanjesh is dead unless we see the DNA results.”

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