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Police track contacts of accused

Fearing that besides the Arun Tikku and Karan Kakad murder cases,Vijay Palande and Simran Sood may have also been involved in other similar cases that have not come to light so far,the Mumbai Police have begun tracking their mobile phone contacts. They will also send out messages with details of these contacts to police stations across the country to check whether any of them has been reported missing.

Fearing that besides the Arun Tikku and Karan Kakad murder cases,Vijay Palande and Simran Sood may have also been involved in other similar cases that have not come to light so far,the Mumbai Police have begun tracking their mobile phone contacts. They will also send out messages with details of these contacts to police stations across the country to check whether any of them has been reported missing.

“We suspect that Palande and Sood might have been involved in other murders as well. So,we will trace all the contacts in their mobile phones to ascertain if anyone has gone missing and whether any missing person’s complaint has been lodged anywhere in the country,” said an officer who did not wish to be named.

On Monday,a team from the Amboli police recovered the severed head and a part of Kakad’s chest from the Kumbharli Ghat in Chiplun,where Palande had allegedly dumped it. The police also recovered another limb from the spot,which does not appear to be of a human. The remains will be sent to the Kalina Forensic Science Laboratory for DNA tests to establish that they are Kakad’s.

Police officers who visited the area said the valley was extremely deep and it was impossible to scale it and recover the remaining parts. The police took the assistance of a trekking group in the area as well as the fire brigade,but were unable to recover the remaining body parts. Local police conducted a spot panchnama and submitted a report after handing over the remains to the Amboli police.

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“We got the body parts at the same spot where Palande had said they would be found. We will now send the parts for forensic analysis to determine that the DNA matches that of Kakad,” said Police Inspector S Shende.

The police will also conduct a search of a farmhouse in Chiplun where Palande had gone to rest for a couple of hours on his way back to Mumbai after allegedly dumping the body.

Both murders will now be investigated by Unit 9 of the Crime Branch. Sources in the Crime Branch said they would have to verify the sequence of events leading up to the killings and are in the process of identifying key witnesses who can nail the accused to the crimes.

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Palande,Dhananjay Shinde and Manoj Gajkosh were booked by the Amboli police last Thursday for kidnapping Kakad,an aspiring producer who had been missing since March 6. The trio was arrested two days prior to that for their alleged role in the murder of Tikku (62),who was found stabbed to death at his actor-son Anuj’s apartment in Lokhandwala on April 7. On Friday, the Amboli police arrested Sood,a model and Palande’s alleged paramour,for her alleged role in kidnapping 28-year-old Kakad.

First published on: 18-04-2012 at 01:35 IST
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