Navi Mumbai: The Navi Mumbai police arrested the accused which included a woman, for the murder of a man aged 38 who was homeless from Koparkhairane last week. The arrested accused have been identified as Sunita Gupta, Saajan alias Mohammed Tujmal, and Prakash Daakva, all aged 40.
The body of the homeless man aged 38, Tipu Rafeeq Shaikh was found on the morning of December 27, wrapped in a blanket on the verandah of a shop in the locality. Locals identified Shaikh as he had been roaming in the area for the past 10 years.
Assistant Police Inspector Mr.Mahendra Wagh, Koparkhairane police station, said that the police who conducted the investigation found the blood trails at the crime scene and this led them to the residence of Mr. Tujmal, who confessed to the crime and revealed the name of his accomplice, Mr. Daakve. During interrogation, the duo confessed that they invited Shaikh to Mr. Tujmal’s residence on the night of December 26, where they strangled him and slit his throat. They then wrapped his body in a blanket and dragged it outside the shop where he was found. The duo also said that they killed Shaikh at the behest of Ms. Gupta.
Mr. Wagh said, Shaikh used to live in a hutment beside Ms. Gupta’s residence, which was demolished by the encroachment department after the death of his parents, rendering him homeless. He usually took a bath and had lunch at Ms. Gupta’s house. Shaikh had a habit of insulting her frequently for no reason. Fed up of listening to his taunts, Ms. Gupta decided to have Shaikh killed and tasked Mr. Tujmal and Mr. Daakve with it. He said that all three of them are currently in police custody and the knife used in the murder has also been recovered.