A MAGISTERIAL court Tuesday remanded a 19-year-old engineering student and her male friend, both accused of killing third year engineering student Vishal Rangnath Chakote, in five days’ police custody. The accused allegedly strangled Chakote, who was reportedly in a relationship with the girl, with the latter’s dupatta following an altercation.
The Sinhagad police presented the two accused before Judicial Magistrate (First Class) Sheetal Bangad and sought their police remand claiming they needed to find out mobile phone records of the accused and recover the dupatta used to strangulate Chakote.
Police Sub-Inspector Kiran Deshmukh said in the remand report the girl, Ankita Mane, was “fed up with the suspicion and harassment on the part of Chakote” and that she committed the crime with the help of her friend Swapnil Jadhav.
“The two (Chakote and Mane) had been in a relationship for over a year but Chakote used to suspect her of having another affair. He used to check her mobile phone and also call up the numbers she had dialled or received calls from. Because of this behaviour, Mane was fed up and hence called up Jadhav and told him about it. He came to her house to have a talk with Chakote and tell him to change his behaviour. However, when Chakote reached her house, he and Jadhav entered into an altercation, which led to Mane and Jadhav strangulating Chakote,” said Deshmukh.
Assistant Public Prosecutor Bhushan Patil argued that the police needed to obtain the call details of the accused and the deceased to find out who else was in contact with them before the crime was committed. He said it would help them in ascertaining who called Chakote and if they had called anybody else too. Police are also probing if there were any other person involved in the murder.
“The family of Mane was away hence it’s unlikely that they have anything to do with the murder,” said Deshmukh.
Chakote stayed at a rented flat in Katraj area with his two brothers Vijay and Vikram. They hail from Hingoli district. All three brothers were studying in different colleges.
Vijay told the police that he was aware of his younger brother having an affair with Ankita and that they went to the same college. Vijay told the police that on February 27 Chakote went to meet Ankita around 4.30 pm. Vijay said he got to know from another friend that he saw Chakote and Ankita having an altercation at the latter’s house. After some time, Ankita called Vijay and told her that Chakote had a fall and fell unconscious and that he was being taken to a private hospital. Upon reaching there, Vijay found out that his brother was dead.