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Mumbai police crack unidentified woman’s murder in 48 hrs

Within 48 hours of an unidentified woman found dead in south Mumbai, the MRA Marg police claim to have cracked her murder with the arrest of two persons. The woman, believed to be in her mid-50s, was found murdered behind a public toilet near the Railway Claim Tribunal building on P Dmello road on Friday morning.

Medical examination confirmed that she had been assaulted with a heavy and blunt object to her face to the point where her jaw dislocated and half her teeth broke. The police registered a complaint of murder against unknown persons.

“The location of the spot where the body was found indicated that it was used by street addicts for drug consumption. The overall physical condition of the deceased said that she was a street dweller. This indicated that the accused, too, were in all probability homeless drug addicts who could flee the city within a day. We had to ensure that the accused were taken into custody before they could escape,” said an officer with the MRA Marg police station.

One team started making inquiries in the area where the body was found. Armed with photographs of the victim, they focussed on the area outside the CST railway station, which is frequented by beggars, and a dargah that offers free food to the homeless and the destitute.

Meanwhile, two other teams started rounding up known street addicts and beggars and daily-wage labourers. Within a day, the police had rounded up over 150 people for inquiries.

By Friday evening, the police had found two witnesses, who had seen the victim with two men. One of them had seen the woman fighting with them on Thursday afternoon, while the other told the police that she was seen walking towards the toilet with the same two men on Thursday night. The police then focused on identifying these two men.

“The people we had rounded up identified the duo as a pair of drug addicts who were frequently seen near a rundown godown on P D’Mello road. We sent a team to the spot and took them into custody on Sunday,” said senior police inspector Sukhlal Warpe, MRA Marg police station. The duo, identified as Avinash Pimpalkar and Mukesh Musahar, were questioned, and by Sunday afternoon, they allegedly confessed to have killed the woman after an argument. The police said they were trying to extort money from her so that they could buy drugs. When she refused, they forcibly took her to the secluded spot behind the public toilet and bludgeoned her to death.

The duo were arrested and charged with murder under the Indian Penal Code. After being produced in court on Monday, they were remanded in police custody till April 1.

The police said the woman, however, is yet to be identified “She was known in the area as a homeless woman who used to beg for alms and make a living. No one seems to know her name or background. We are still trying to identify her,” said Mr Warpe.

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