FIVE DAYS after a 23-year-old man was found murdered off Ghodbunder, Mira Road, police are investigating if it was a crime of passion or if the victim was intoxicated or drugged and then killed for robbery. Police don’t know yet who killed Shivshankar Shivprasad Chowrasia, also known as Nikunj, but are looking for three persons seen walking with the victim in CCTV footage.
A resident of Kumbherwada in the Grant Road area, Nikunj was found with his head smashed with a large stone. The three men seen in CCTV footage near Bandra station were the last to meet the victim before he was murdered, police suspect. “The trio was captured walking with the victim by a CCTV camera outside Bandra station. One of them is wearing a yellow shirt. We are trying to identify them,” said an officer at Kashimira police station on Mira Road.
Police said the footage was dark as it was captured at night. The victim’s family and friends too have failed to identify the persons in the footage. Nikunj is believed to have taken a train from Bandra to Mira Road on November 23 night before he went missing. The victim’s family told police he was wearing gold jewellery and carrying some cash. But police said no jewellery or cash was found on him. Even his cellphone was missing, police said. “We are trying to find out why he came to Kashimira from Bandra and who were the persons with him,” said the officer.
“The persons he left with could not have been from Bandra. Otherwise why would they take the victim all the way to Mira Road,” said an officer at Bandra police station.
Bandra police are working with Kashimira police on the case as the victim’s father, Munna Chowrasia, had lodged a missing persons complaint at Bandra police station on November 23 night. The victim’s father runs a famous paan shop near Bandra lake. Police said the victim usually rode his motorcycle to his father’s shop, where he often helped out. He would then leave his motorcycle at the shop, then go to eat. That was the last time his father saw him.
The next day, Kashimira police recovered the body of the victim and checked with various police stations looking for a missing persons complaint that matched the victim’s description. Bandra police and the victim’s father identified the body by the tattoo on his arm and a keychain found in his pocket. The victim’s face was disfigured.
The victim’s family said he did not have any friends in the Mira Road area and had no reason to go there. Police, meanwhile, are questioning the victim’s friends and associates.