Murdered man identified,3 held
MRA Marg police on Saturday arrested three persons for the murder of a 30-year-old man,Sachin Panchal,whose body was found under JJ Flyover on March 1. Suspects,Mukammal Ali,Taqir Ali and Naeem Sheikh were known to Panchal and have reportedly confessed to having killed Panchal.
A parking attendant had informed MRA Marg police of the body. Based on injury marks,a complaint of murder was registered but there was nothing to identify the body. One of their constables was visiting St George hospital,where he met Panchals sister Pushpa Panchal looking for her missing brother. Pushpa had been visiting morgues ever since her brother went missing. The constable told her about the body and she identified it as Sachins, said Padmakar Juikar,senior police inspector,MRA Marg police station. Police spoke to some of Sachins friends who had last seen him,and they said he had left with three of his friends for a drive on February 29 night. Police zeroed-in on the three. They robbed him,strangled him inside his car and fled after dumping the body, Juikar added.
Fire in Kurla,shops gutted
A MAJOR fire broke out in the area opposite Kalpana Talkies,Kurla,on Saturday. The fire damaged 20-25 galas (shops). As many as eight fire engines and water jetties were sent to douse the fire,officials said. No casualties were reported.