Mumbai Police Crime Branch Monday solved the mystery of an unidentified body found in Kanjurmarg a year ago,arresting three persons for allegedly killing him and dumping the body. Police said the deceased was a historysheeter and the accused allegedly told his brother that he was in jail to prevent him from reporting his disappearance.
Police said the body of a man in his 30s was found in a nullah in Kanjurmarg in a decomposed condition on May 16 last year. Kanjurmarg police had at the time registered a complaint of murder against unidentified persons and Crime Branch had also launhed a parallel probe.
We frequently checked if there was a missing persons complaint for a man corresponding to the description of the deceased in any police station in Mumbai or nearby areas. In April this year,one such complaint was registered for Shivanand Pujari (32),an Andheri resident,with the MIDC police. The complaint said Pujari was missing since May last year. We called the complainant,Pujaris brother,and showed him photographs of the body and he identified the deceased as Pujari, said a Crime Branch officer.
Police then asked Pujaris brother why he had waited for almost a year before registering a complaint. His brother said a friend of Pujaris,identified as Bablu Singh (32),had told him that he had seen Pujari being escorted out of the Metropolitan Magistrates Court in Andheri shortly after he went missing. As Pujari was a repeat offender with a history of small-time thefts,his brother assumed that he had been arrested again. However,when there was no trace of Pujari for nearly a year,his brother made enquiries and found that Pujari had not been arrested,after which he registered a missing persons complaint.
Bablu was picked up for questioning and he allegedly confessed to have killed Pujari after an argument,along with his friends Sushil Kurade and Riyaz Ansari.
On May 12,the trio were drinking liquor with Pujari in a private bus that Bablu drove when a fight broke out. Pujari was an alcoholic and owed money to Bablu and Sushil. The duo had also learned that he would steal tools and sound systems from the buses,which led to the fight. Bablu,Sushil and Riyaz attacked Pujari with crowbars in the bus and dumped his body a few metres away, said the officer.
All the three accused were arrested on Monday following Bablus confession and were handed over to Kanjurmarg police.