Murder of angadia firm owner’s mother: Police solve whodunit

Nov 23 2013, 04:53 IST
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SummaryThe murder was allegedly committed by the old woman’s daughter-in-law and her parents.

The Ahmedabad Crime Branch solved the murder case of an angadia firm owner’s middle-aged mother, who was killed and dumped in a gunny bag in July this year. The murder was allegedly committed by the old woman’s daughter-in-law and her parents.

The Crime Branch investigations showed that the conspiracy to kill the old woman, Kamla Patel (55), was hatched by her daughter-in-law, Deepali Patel, who was allegedly tired of “harassment” by her. Deepali had, however, attempted suicide a few days after the victim’s decomposed body was found lying in open drain at Kaligram near Ranip in Ahmedabad. The victim was first reported missing on July 13. Her son, Narendra Patel, is the owner of an angadia firm in the city.

The Ahmedabad Crime Branch arrested Deepali’s parents — Aruna Soma Patel (61) and Soma Patel (64) — and her friend, Devendra Mahadev Hetkar, who assisted her in the killing. Deepali’s parents are residents of Krishnanagar in Ahmedabad. The Crime Branch officials, who suspected Hetkar, arrested him from an area near Hirawadi on Friday. Hetkar, later, revealed the story. Deepali was taken to hospital for check-up under police watch. The process of her arrest will be initiated after her medical report, police said.

JCP (Sector II) Manoj Shashidhar said, “Deepali, who had attempted suicide by consuming pesticide, is still bed-ridden. She had told her parents that she wanted a permanent ‘solution’ to the harassment by her mother-in-law. They hatched a conspiracy together, with the help of Devendra.”

The investigation shows that on the day of the incident, Deepali asked Kamla to come to her house. She took her mother-in-law to her residence in Devendra’s car. At Deepali’s residence, Devendra and her father strangled Kamla to death. Later, they also took away all her jewellery. They took the body near Kaligram and dumped it in the drain, officials said. However, when the police investigations began after Kamla was reported missing, the accused panicked and decided to show the location of the body to avoid being suspected.

JCP Shashidhar added, “The accused thought that her body would be traced by police or fire services. However, when the body didn’t surface, Devendra wrote a handwritten letter, indicating the location of the body. They had planned that they would first try to show that the woman was abducted and later killed by unknown kidnappers”.

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