Less than a week after the police solved the case of a headless woman, whose body was recovered from a bag on the seashore in Uttan, another horrifying incident having striking similarities to that of the sensational Shraddha Walkar murder case has surfaced in Mira Road.
Dismembered body found in Geeta Akashdeep building
The Naya Nagar police recovered the dismembered body of a 32-year-old woman from an apartment on the seventh floor in the J wing of Geeta Akashdeep Building located in Phase VII of Geeta Nagar in Mira Road on Wednesday evening.
The deceased has been identified as Saraswati Vaidya, who was staying in the apartment with her 56-year-old live-in partner Manoj Sane, who has been arrested for his involvement in the gory crime while he was trying to flee the crime scene.
Foul smell complaint leads to shocking find
According to the Naya Nagar police, they were informed by residents of the building complaining about a foul smell emanating from flat number 704.
The police team reached the spot and entered the apartment and were shocked to find dismembered body parts of the woman in tubs and buckets near the washbasin and cooker and other utensils kept on the platform of the kitchen.
Accused allegedly boiled body parts to avoid detection
The accused allegedly used to boil body parts in the cooker in an apparent attempt to ensure there is no foul smell and it would be easy for him to dispose of them.
One of the immediate neighbours had complained to Sane about the emanating smell to which he got a bit frightened but replied that he will check his flat.
Electric saw machine recovered as evidence
The police have also recovered a diesel-fuelled saw machine from the bedroom which was used to dismember the body. It is not clear whether the accused fed the boiled body parts to stray dogs.
Saraswati's remains have been sent to JJ Hospital for an autopsy, reports of which are awaited.
How the couple met in Borivali
The couple had met 15 years ago at a ration shop in the Babhai Naka of Borivali, where Sane used to work. Both are said to be orphans. Despite the age gap, both decided to live together.
While Saraswati dropped out after failing in her SSC examinations, the accused has completed his ITI technician course.
Saraswati lived at an orphanage in Ahmednagar before she moved to Mumbai. Since Manoj also hails from Ahmednagar, they became friends and despite the age gap, both decided to live together. They had shifted to Mira Road five years ago and stayed in the rented accommodation in Geeta Nagar.
Domestic quarrel or something more sinister?
“While the potential motive is yet to be ascertained, prima facie it appears that a domestic quarrel might have transformed into the violent attack,” said a senior police officer who is privy to the investigations.
A suspected poisoning angle is also being probed by the police, as the accused claimed that Saraswati ended her life by consuming some pesticide, however, the police expressed doubt about the theory.
Accused inspired by Shraddha Walkar murder case
While the murder is believed to have executed at least three days ago, the accused apparently got the idea of dismembering the body from the Shraddha Walkar case.
Meanwhile an offence under sections 302 and 201 of the IPC has been registered against the accused who has been remanded to police custody till 16, June after he was produced before the district sessions court, Thane on Thursday.