A 26-year-old businessman from Gujarat,who allegedly escaped from his kidnappers and landed in the city to lodge a complaint,has helped police establish the identity of a woman whose body was found in Kanjurmarg on Wednesday. The police have now registered a case of murder against three persons.
The man,Jaideep Patel,claimed that he was a business partner Bhartiben Jaiswal (49),who was involved in a prostitution racket in Gujarat. Police said on October 26,Bhartiben received a call from one Saleem,who told her that he wanted to sell girls who could attract high-profile customers. Bhartiben immediately left for Mumbai with Patel and booked a room at a Borivali hotel herer,police said. The two met Saleem,who told them that they would have to come to Santosh Nagar in Goregaon (East) for the deal.
When Bhartiben and Patel reached the given address,Saleem and his accomplices Raju Nepali and Raju confined Patel in one room and Bhartiben in another,police said. The same evening,the accused allegedly killed Bhartiben and kept her body in backseat. The three blindfolded Patel Patel and forced him in the car.
Patel told the police that Saleem,Nepali and Raju stopped at a dhaba in Jhansi and got off to have dinner,leaving Patel in the car. As soon as the trio was out of sight,he centrally locked the car and drove off towards Surat,his hometown.
On October 27,Patel came to Mumbai to lodge a complaint. At that time,Patel was not aware of Bhartibens murder. When the Kanjurmarg police found the body of a woman on Wednesday,they suspected that it might be Bhartiben and informed Patel. Bhartibens relatives identified her body on Thursday and a case of murder was registered.
Patel told us that the three were talking of killing him in Jhansi or on their way to Nepal, said a police officer.
On Thursday evening a police team had left for Nepal border. The three had taken away Patels cash and gold chain. They were planning to take his car after killing him, said the officer.
The motive behind kidnapping and murder will only be known after the three are arrested, inspector S Sankhe said.