Mumbai

‘Stabbed Sanghavi 14 times as he was fleeing’

Sarfaraz Shaikh, the accused arrested for allegedly murdering banking executive Siddharth Sanghavi earlier this month, has said that he stabbed Sanghavi multiple times as the latter tried to escape, police sources said on Saturday.

Sanghavi, a vice-president with HDFC Bank in Lower Parel, was allegedly killed in the parking lot of his office building on September 5 by Mr. Shaikh, who then took his body to Kalyan in Sanghavi’s car, dumped it on Haji Malang road and abandoned the car near his residence in Koparkhairane. Mr. Shaikh was arrested in a joint operation by the NM Joshi Marg police and the Navi Mumbai Crime Branch on September 9.

According to police sources, one of the points of scrutiny was the 14 stab wounds on Sanghavi’s body detected in the post-mortem examination. Police officers said multiple stab wounds are usually indicative of personal animosity, while Mr. Shaikh kept claiming his actions were the result of a robbery gone wrong.

“According to his version of the events, he waited for Sanghavi in the parking lot and as soon as Sanghavi got into the driver’s seat of his car, Mr. Shaikh got into the passenger seat behind him and put a knife to his throat, demanding his valuables. Sanghavi resisted and managed to exit the car, and started running towards the exit,” an officer who is part of the investigation said.

A panicked Mr. Shaikh ran after Sanghavi, who was bleeding from a slit in the throat, 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 police said that while Mr. Shaikh’s claims further point to robbery as the motive, they are still verifying why he made completely different claims when questioned by the Navi Mumbai Police after being picked up on September 9.

Meanwhile, DCP (Zone III) Abhinash Kumar said, “We have found the person with whom the accused had mortgaged his bike and have made inquiries with him. Further inquiries to verify the accused’s claims are under way.”

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