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HDFC Bank murder: accused sent to two more days of custody

Siddharth Sanghavi.

Siddharth Sanghavi.  

Case will now be heard on Friday

The additional chief metropolitan magistrate of Bhoiwada court on Wednesday sent the main accused in the HDFC Bank murder case to two days of police custody.

Sarfaraz Shaikh, 25, was arrested for allegedly murdering Siddharth Sanghavi, a vice-president with HDFC Bank in Lower Parel, in the parking lot of his office building on September 5.

It is alleged that Mr. Shaikh took the body to Kalyan in Sanghavi’s car, dumped it on Haji Malang road and abandoned the car near his residence in Koparkhairane. On September 9, Mr. Shaikh was arrested in a joint operation by the N.M. Joshi Marg police and the Navi Mumbai Crime Branch.

Mr. Shaikh was sent to police custody the next day and the custody extended because the police needed more time to investigate the murder. A police official requesting anonymity said, “He [Mr. Shaikh] has made confessions and we need time to find out more and confirm them.”

Mr. Shaikh allegedly stabbed Sanghavi 14 times. He waited for Sanghavi in the parking lot and as soon as he got into the driver’s seat, Mr. Shaikh got into the passenger seat and put a knife to his throat. Sanghavi resisted and managed to exit the car. He started running towards the exit, an officer, who is part of the investigation, said.

Mr. Shaikh chased Sanghavi and managed to corner him. “In the ensuing scuffle, Mr. Shaikh stabbed him several times till he stopped moving. Realising that he had killed Sanghavi, he dragged the body into the car and drove it to Kalyan,” the officer said. The case will now be heard on September 21.

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