The Juhu police on Sunday arrested two men in connection with the murder of 35-year-old Mariappa Devendra, who was stabbed to death near his residence on Saturday evening.
Police said that the deceased had borrowed some money on interest from the accused some years ago, and his failure to pay back led to the murder.
According to the Juhu police, the accused have been identified as Madurai Devendra (40) and his driver Parmesh Devendra (28). Police said that both the accused stay in the same area as Mariappa. Madurai as well as Mariappa have several cases of assault and rioting registered against them with the Juhu police.
“Mariappa had borrowed around Rs 5 lakh from Madurai a couple of years ago, and had agreed to pay him back with interest in regular installments. However, he had not paid the agreed upon installments over the last few months despite being repeatedly asked to do so, which angered Madurai. On Saturday, Madurai called Mariappa to meet him and offered him liquor in his residence, after which he and
Parmesh forced Mariappa inside a Maruti Van, stabbed him 15 to 18 times and then threw the body out of the vehicle,” said an officer with the Juhu police.
Shortly after the vehicle sped away from the scene, locals noticed the body of Mariappa and raised an alarm.
Mariappa was immediately identified by the locals, and thereafter, police spoke to his wife, who told them about the debt he owed to Madurai.
Examination of Mariappa’s Call Data Records showed that he had last received a call from Madurai, which pointed to the latter’s involvement.
“We picked up Madurai and Parmesh from the Juhu Garden area on Sunday and subsequently placed them both under arrest. They have been charged with murder under the Indian Penal Code,” the officer added.
The police said that Mariappa used to stay with his wife and three children and worked on construction related jobs on a contract basis.