Malwani hooch tragedy: Methanol receipt signed by accused part of chargesheet

Supplementary chargesheet attaches handwriting samples, call data records.

Written by Srinath Rao | Mumbai | Published: March 19, 2016 12:59:54 am

Malwani hooch tragedy, Mumbai hooch tragedy, Malwani hooch tragedy accused, Malwani hooch tragedy accused, mumbai news, city news, maharashtra news, Indian ExpressThe copy of the receipt for purchase of methanol is part of the supplementary chargesheet filed by the Mumbai Police Crime Branch in the Malwani hooch tragedy case, in which 106 people lost their lives last year. The receipt shows that 600 kilograms of methanol was purchased for Rs 3,070.

The receipt is dated June 10, 2015, exactly a week before the tragedy, in which 75 people were also disabled or blinded. According to the chargesheet, the transaction of three barrels of methanol, weighing 600 kilogram, was made between accused Bharatbhai Patel and Prakashbhai Patel.

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Another accused, Mansoor Abdul Latif Khan alias Aatiq alias Rahulbhai, who took possession of the methanol and delivered it to distributors in Malwani days later, also signed the receipt.

The Crime Branch had last year chargesheeted 16 people for the crime, of which two men are absconding. Filed before the Bombay City Civil and Sessions Court, the 228-page supplementary chargesheet also contains call data records of Aatiq’s mobile phone.

The Crime Branch has also annexed two pages of Aatiq’s personal diary in the chargesheet, to prove scientifically that the receipt bears his handwriting.

“To get samples of his natural writing, we seized his personal diary from his home and sent it to the state examiner of documents,” a Crime Branch official said.

The body, which works under the state criminal investigation department, wrore in its report that the writing on the receipt matches that in the diary.

The report of October 2015 is also part of the chargesheet.

The diary bears names and numbers of several individuals, including several co-accused, BMC employees and policemen and the police control room in northern suburbs.

A Crime Branch official said none of the names and numbers is under investigation. “Aatiq had noted names of policemen and BMC officials in case he needed to approach them for help. It is a very normal practice. They have no connection to the crime,” the officer said.

The Crime Branch sent multiple samples of each word written in the diary to help the department match Atiq’s handwriting with that on the receipt. It has also attached a chargesheet filed against accused Subhash Giri by the Ahmedabad police in 2009.

Giri had been arrested then for supplying illicit liquor and causing the deaths of more than 130 people. “We made the Gujarat Police’s chargesheet part of our chargesheet to show that he is a habitual offender,” a senior Mumbai Police officer said.

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