Murder inside crime branch office: Constable was hit ‘20-25 times’ on face and headhttps://indianexpress.com/article/cities/ahmedabad/murder-inside-crime-branch-office-constable-was-hit-20-25-times-on-face-and-head-2766435/

Murder inside crime branch office: Constable was hit ‘20-25 times’ on face and head

The back-to-back blows, police claimed, didn’t give a chance to the constable, Chandrakant Makwana, to scream for help.

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The man arrested for murdering a constable at the office of Ahmedabad Detection of Crime Branch (DCB) repeatedly hit him 20-25 times on head and face with an iron pipe, police said Friday.

The back-to-back blows, police claimed, didn’t give a chance to the constable, Chandrakant Makwana, to scream for help. After the constable fell unconscious, the accused, Manish Balai, went to the bathroom, cleaned up blood strains, changed his T-shirt and put on the shoes of the victim before running away, they said.

Balai on Friday was remanded in five-day police custody by a local court.

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According to police, Balai, a resident of Rajasthan who was brought to the DCB office by the constable questioning, “sensed that he was about to get busted in a narcotics case with the specific information that the Makwana had. To avoid getting arrested he killed Makwana.”

Makwana, member of Anti-organised Crime Squad, was found murdered on Thursday around 7 am in the chamber of his senior police officer where he was last seen questioning Balai at 12 midnight by a sub-inspector who was on the night duty.

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“Makwana had extracted information related to a loot and narcotics case. He called the accused, Balai, to the DCB office. Balai came with a carry bag in the afternoon and initially he was cooperative and answered the questions. But, when Makwana questioned him about his friend Anand Khandelwal, he became anxious. He sensed that he will be busted and hence he murdered Chandrakant,” said Deepan Bhadran, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCB).

According to police, Balai has confessed to the murder . “He (Balai) pretended that he was feeling cold and asked Makwana to close the window. In the meanwhile, Balai grabbed the iron pipe discreetly. When Makwana was jotting down some information in his diary, Balai hit Makwana’s head with the pipe. Balai repeatedly hit around 25 times at his head and face. The impact of blows was such that his jaw was broken. There was no chance for Makwana to escape or scream for help,” a police official said.

After “murdering” Makwana, Balai sneaked out from the main gate crawling, ditching the public relation officer who keeps a tab on visitors. He jumped the boundary wall and reached Sabarmati River Front. He took an auto and went to Kalupur railway station where he caught a train that took him to Bharuch. From there he went to Bandra station in Mumbai, police said.

In the meanwhile, he contacted Anand Khandelwal, his neighbour in Rajasthan, whose phone was under surveillance.

The murder of Makwana has stunned police since it happened in the highly secured zone. Following a massive manhunt, Balai was caught from the general compartment of Bandra-Jaipur train at Karjan railway station.

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