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Two held for murder near railway tracks; affair said to be motive

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The Government Railway Police (GRP) arrested two persons on Monday in connection with the murder of a man who was found severely injured between Dadar and Matunga stations on the morning of March 9.

Police officials said that the accused, Mahendra Solanki (35) and Ganesh Waghela (27), confessed to the crime.

Mr. Solanki told police he killed the victim, Anil Shelar (36), in a fit of rage after he discovered that Shelar and his wife were having an affair.

“Mr. Solanki and Shelar had known each other for years and were hardened criminals. Shelar had 21 cases against him and both had been banished from the city,” a senior police officer said.

The duo were a team and have committed a string of robberies in the past. They have cases against them in several police stations across the city such as Dadar, Shivaji Park, Nirmal Nagar and Kurla.

Shelar was murdered at night in the area near the railway tracks, where he used to sleep. He was alive when he was discovered, but succumbed to his injuries while receiving treatment at Sion Hospital. Police officials said while the majority of the injuries were to the head, the accused also mutilated the victim’s genitalia while attacking him.

The police first questioned the victim’s brother Sunil Shelar, who told them about the affair. Police officials said Mr. Solanki had been released from jail in January after serving a one-and-a-half-year sentence for robbery.

“After he returned home, he suspected that his wife and Shelar were having an affair. His wife had left him and he was unable to locate her,” a police official said.

Mr. Waghela was a friend who had partnered with Mr. Solanki in this as well as previous crimes.

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