A BJP youth wing leader Amit Sindha (40) was found murdered and his body disposed off on Wednesday morning on NH-8 near Unn village in Navsari district. Sindha was also a lawyer and a member of the Veer Narmad South Gujarat University Senate and Syndicate.
Preliminary investigations point towards a fitness trainer Divyesh Manoj Chikhligar as the prime suspect who had reportedly developed a relationship with a divorced woman whose case was being handled by Sindha. The accused is still at large and both Surat and Navsari police are screening surveillance camera footage to locate him.
Sindha’s body was found by a youth who was on his way to the Saibaba temple on NH-8. He informed the Navsari police after which they rushed a team and identified Sindha from papers in his wallet. A resident of Purshottam Nagar at Althan area in Surat, Sindha’s body was found with multiple stab wounds and sent to Civil hospital for post mortem.
The police called his father Khuman Sinh to inform him about the murder. The family members told the police that Sindha had left home on Tuesday night in his own car to go to Khatodara police station for some work, and had failed to return. His cell phone was switched off.
Investigations by the Navsari district police has indicated that Sindha went to Khatodara police station to sort out a case concerning his client Bhumika Dilkhush who had accused Chikhligar of mentally and physically harassing her.
Bhumika’s son had suffered a paralytic attack and she was regularly taking him to a physiotherapist where she met Chikhligar, a resident of Nanavat Shahpore. Chikhligar was also working here as fitness trainer. Both of them became friends, but Bhumika decided to abruptly end the relationship and stopped meeting or talking to him.
Annoyed at the spurn, Chikhligar started sending SMSes to her and even threatening her over the phone. Fed up with the harassment, Bhumika contacted Sindha and submitted an application through him to the police complaining about the harassment from Chikhligar on Tuesday.
The Khatodara police station called all three of them on Tuesday night to settle the issue. Sindha told Chikhligar to stop contacting Bhumika over the phone. After the settlement was done from both sides, Sindha demanded Rs. 5 lakh from Chikhligar as part of the settlement and a deal was reached. The trio then left the police station after which Sindha dropped Bhumikha at her home at Ashirwad Enclave in Althan area.
The police suspects that it was Chikhligar who hatched a plan to kill Sindha soon after settlement was done and sought to meet him at a rendezvous point. After killing Sindha, Chikhligar called up on Bhumika’s cell phone and informed her that he had murdered Amit and would also teach her a lesson. He climbed into Bhumika’s flat from the sanitation pipe and the two had a heated argument. Bhumika shouted for help when he assaulted her, alarming the neighbours and security guards who reached her flat. On seeing the crowd, Chikhligar fled the spot and left Sindha’s car in the Ashirwad Enclave car park.
After Khatodara police learnt about the incident, they reached Ashirwad Enclave parking and seized Sindha’s car used by the murder suspect. Upon inspection, police recovered cash worth Rs 1.50 lakh and found blood stains. Police suspect it might be of the deceased Amit Sindha.
Navsari Local crime branch police inspector N P Gohil said, “We have alerted all the neighbouring district police to catch the accused Divyesh involved in the murder of Amit Sindha. We are in contact with Surat police who is also searching for the murder suspect. We are checking the footage of CCTV cameras installed at different junctions on NH-8 between Surat and Navsari to find out the movements of Divyesh. Surat police have also carried out checking at his house in Nanavat area and found him missing.”