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Chicken feathers, henna, amulet help police crack murder case

Joining the dots: A square-shaped amulet on the victim Moni Kumar’s body was one of the clues that led the Thane Rural Police to the accused Aalam Sheikh

Joining the dots: A square-shaped amulet on the victim Moni Kumar’s body was one of the clues that led the Thane Rural Police to the accused Aalam Sheikh  

Butcher who strangled lover to death nabbed by Thane Rural Police in West Bengal

The Thane Rural Police found their way to West Bengal in pursuit of a murder suspect after a henna design and a waist amulet were spotted on a partially burnt body, which was stuffed in a sack with chicken feathers.

According to the Local Crime Branch of the Thane Rural Police, the body of a woman in her mid-20s was found on Raya–Khadavli road on June 23. Passers-by informed the police and a team was rushed to the spot. The team found burn marks all over the body.

Bangladesh connection

Senior police inspector Vyankat Andhale, Local Crime Branch, said, “There was an unusually large number of chicken feathers in the jute sack and we inferred that the sack could have only come from a chicken or meat shop. The henna design on the hands and a square-shaped amulet on the waist indicated that the victim had a connection to Bangladesh. Using this information, we drew up a list of areas in the locality where Bangladeshi immigrants have settled and sent teams there.”

Chicken feathers, henna, amulet help police crack murder case

While making rounds of meat shops, the police found a clue in Baneli village near Titwala. Mr. Andhale said, “We learnt that a butcher named Aalam Sheikh had left the village a few days ago. We obtained his cell phone number and tracked its movements. We learnt he was in Thane district till four days ago and then suddenly left for West Bengal. This raised our suspicion and we sent a team to West Bengal.”

For the next eight days, the team camped in West Bengal and worked with the local police and residents to nab Mr. Sheikh. He allegedly broke down during interrogation and confessed to killing Moni Kumar, with whom he was having an extra-marital affair. Mr. Andhale said, “Mr. Sheikh had put Moni in a house in Khadavli village, not far from Baneli. He claimed Moni had taken ₹2.5 lakh from him over the last two years and threatened to tell his family about their affair if he did not give her more money. Mr. Sheikh said he was fed up of Moni’s constant blackmailing and decided to put an end to her.”

Chicken feathers, henna, amulet help police crack murder case

Police sources said Mr. Sheikh and his friend Manoruddin went to Moni’s residence on June 22 and strangled her to death with a muffler. They then tried to burn the body and stuffed it in a jute sack, which Mr. Sheikh had brought from his shop. The duo later dumped the sack on Raya–Khadavli road. The police arrested Mr. Sheikh and brought him to Mumbai on Monday night. Police officers said that they are now hunting for the other accused, Mr. Manoruddin.

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