Thane Crime: 22-year-old Mumbai techie raped and murdered by friends

Mumbai: Daughter of a sub-inspector in Nagpur was brutally raped and killed in Ambarnath by two of her friends on September 4. The 22-year-old techie was raped by two of her friends, who dumped her body en-route to Ratnagiri.

The victim worked in Mumbai as an IT engineer. According to the police, the accused Nikhilesh Patil, who is also from Nagpur was known to the victim. He visited the victim on September 4 with his friend Nilesh in his car.

“Patil took her to his friend Akshay Valode’s residence in Ambarnath, telling her they were going to hang out there. Valode is also from Nagpur,” said an official from the Shivaji Nagar police station to Mid-Day. Nikhilesh and Akshay then took turns raping the girl. She told them she would go to the police and file a complaint against them. “Scared at the prospect of police arrest, the duo caught her mouth and strangled her to death. Later, they put the dead body in a bag and left after dumping it in a vehicle,” the official added.

Nilesh was waiting downstairs for the two. “Nilesh, who was unaware about the incident, got suspicious and started questioning Akshay and Nikhilesh after they stopped the vehicle midway to throw something. The scared duo narrated the ordeal to Nilesh,” said Vinit Chaudhari, police inspector, Ratnagiri city police station to Midday.

The duo was trying to flee, but Nilesh convinced them otherwise. He told them even if the ran away they would get arrested and surrendering to the police is the best option they have right now. “Since they were passing through the [police] headquarters, and saw the police station, they approached us and confessed to the crime. Nikhilesh and Akshay claim to have thrown the body near Kolhapur on the Pune-Belgaum route,” said Chaudhari to Mid-Day, adding that they have made Nilesh the complainant in the case.

Both the accused have been arrested and further probe is on in the matter.

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