Mumbai’s diamond merchant murder: Accused playing blame game

Mumbai: The seven accused arrested for the murder of diamond merchant Rajeshwar Udani are now playing the blame game, police have claimed. The seven accused, Sachin Pawar, Dinesh Pawar, Praneet Bhoir, Mahesh Bhoir, Shaista Khan, Nikhat Khan and Siddhesh Patil, are putting forth different theories before police, confounding the investigators. While some claim they don’t know one another, the others have claimed they have been falsely dragged into the case.

Police said the accused are denying their role in the murder and those sharing details with the cops have claimed to be innocent and have accused the other accused of dragging their names into the matter. “While Sachin says he has nothing to do with the case, Dinesh claims Sachin hired him to kill Udani. On the other hand, Praneet claims it was Dinesh who offered a bribe to get involved in the murder,” according to police.

Shaista and Nikhat have alleged Sachin masterminded the murder and they were dragged into the case by his hired henchman who promised them roles in films. Mahesh and Siddhesh have submitted in court they had been picked up by police on the basis of suspicion, said police.With so many versions of the same crime, police are now puzzled, even as they claim to have made sufficient arrests in the case, with witnesses being questioned.

“The main conspirator, Sachin, tried to ensure the murder plan worked out and how to bluff during questioning, in case of arrest. Necessary evidence like mobile phones, clothes worn at the time of the crime and some CCTV footage have been either destroyed or tampered with,” said the source.On Saturday, the court said police had recovered the clothes worn by accused at the time of the murder. Din­e­sh’s defence advocate Shipra Tanna argued since police have all the evidences, his custody is no longer required. Dinesh and Praneet were sent to police custody till Tuesday by the Vikhroli ma­g­istrate court on Saturday.

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