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Cops gather Chougle couple’s call records

Police officers investigating the death of Versova siblings Rehab and Rameez Chougle have now acquired the call data records (CDR) of their parents to find who all they had contacted before leaving their house.

Written by Megha Sood | Published: July 27, 2012 12:00 am

Police officers investigating the death of Versova siblings Rehab and Rameez Chougle have now acquired the call data records (CDR) of their parents to find who all they had contacted before leaving their house. The Chougle couple was last spotted three days ago by their building watchman.

While the police have not launched a search for Gayasuddin Chougle and Farzana,they are waiting for them to return to record their statements. The police had on Wednesday found that their house in Panch Dhara apartment was locked and that the Chougle couple had left three days ago with their bags.

“We will record the statements of the parents and seek clarification about the probable consumption of aluminium phosphide by Rehab. We have not begun a search for them as they are witnesses so far,” said DCP (Zone 9) Pratap Dighavkar.

Rehab’s stomach wash taken at CritiCare Hospital and later analysed by forensic experts had revealed traces of aluminium phosphide,used as a rodenticide in agriculture. “There were traces of the chemical in Rehab’s lungs as well as stomach. We will now investigate if she had consumed the chemical or it was an accidental intake,” said Dighavkar.

“The disappearance of the parents is strange. Their mobile phones are switched off. We have obtained the CDR of Farzana to find if they had informed others before they left,” said an officer from Versova police station.

During the pest control treatment at their house on July 3,aluminium phosphide tablets were “illegally” used by Rukhshar Almekar,who was later arrested. A grey powder found in a cupboard in the siblings’ room was found to be aluminium phosphide.

The police had arrested Almekar for culpable homicide not amounting to murder on July 13. She allegedly confessed to having used the chemical for pest control but said it was bought from a Borivali-based chemical store. The police arrested the shop owner,H M Shah,on July 14. He,in turn,led them to Pune-based Piyush Paraikh,the wholesaler who supplied the chemicals,the following day. The trio was released on bail last week.

The police had earlier said the siblings — unaware of the treatment — switched on the AC in their room with the door and windows shut. Rameez started vomiting blood and was rushed to a general physician,who declared him dead on July 4. Later that day,Rehab showed similar symptoms and died within 24 hours.

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