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Accused surveyed building,say police

Had the two deaf and mute killers of Nalini Chainani,58,not dropped their cellphone at the spot,Bandra police would have been on the trail of cable operators in the area.

Written by Megha Sood | Mumbai | Published: June 14, 2013 2:53 am

Had the two deaf and mute killers of Nalini Chainani,58,not dropped their cellphone at the spot,Bandra police would have been on the trail of cable operators in the area. With no CCTV installed on the building premises,police said the only initial lead they had was a statement of the building security guard who “assumed” the two men were cable operators. The two accused have allegedly confessed that their recce of the place included bathroom breaks taken by the security guards. Nalini Chainani was found at her residence with her throat slit on June 11.

Based on interrogation of the accused, Saif Raza Shabbir Hussain (28) and Parvez Wahid Khan (33),both residents of Khar,have allegedly told the police that they stole valuables worth Rs 5.85 lakh from Nalini. Bandra police have so far recovered Nalini’s diamond ring and other gold jewelery worth Rs 4.5 lakh from Mumbra from the location where Parvez was arrested.

The security guard told police when one of the accused gestured that they were returning from the seventh floor using his fingers,he assumed they were regular workers and might have visited the building to collect “cable payment”. Chainani lived on the tenth floor. “It was only through the cellphone that they dropped,that we could track the accused,” said Abhay Shastri,senior inspector,Bandra police station. On Thursday,the two were remanded in police custody till June 15.

“Saif was a friend of the couple’s son,who is settled in Australia. He would visit the family often,” said Shastri. Police said the two had been planning the murder for at least 15 days.“Hussain had visited Nalini several times in the past fortnight and according to a resident of the deceased’s building,the duo was seen waiting outside the building all day since the morning on Tuesday. They had made many rounds of the area and noted the time of the security guard bathroom breaks,” said an officer

megha.sood@expressindia.com

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