MUMBAI: An alleged affair
between the main accused and deceased’s wife led to the murder
, Manoj Mourya (35), outside Dadar flower market
last October, the charge-sheet has stated. But police ruled out the role of Manoj’s wife in the murder.
Mourya, who used to repair digital weighing scales, was walking near the market on October 12 when someone shot him from close range and disappeared into the crowd. Mourya was rushed to KEM Hospital, where he was declared dead. Dadar
police had registered a murder case and crime branch had arrested four persons.
The crime intelligence unit on Wednesday submitted the 450-page charge-sheet before Esplanade court. Call data reports (CDR), railway tickets used by the accused to come down from UP to Mumbai, a ballistic report of the seized country-made revolver, Mourya’s death report, statements of eye-witnesses and CCTV footage were part of the charge-sheet.
Police charge-sheeted Radhekrishna Kushwa (37), Rajendra Aherwa ( 30), Hemendra Kushwa (19) and Purshuttam Saxena alias Mallu (37) under IPC sections for murder, destruction of evidence, 120B of criminal conspiracy and Arms Act. While Radhekrishna appears to be main accused, two are his friends, and Mallu is the UP native who supplied the weapon.
The charge-sheet stated that Radhekrishna used to like Manoj’s wife prior to her marriage. Police said Radhekrishna was in touch with the deceased’s wife over the phone and WhatsApp. Police said they got close when Manoj used to work in Delhi but when he realised there was something going on, he quit his job and returned here.
Radhekrishna, who continued to chat with Manoj’s wife on social media, wanted to bump off Manoj so he could marry her, the charge-sheet said. Radhekrishna promised Rs50,000 to Rajendra, who engaged Hemendra, who was just 19. Radhekrishna gave Rs7,000 for a weapon and to fund the trip to Mumbai. Rajendra and Hemendra carried out a recce before hatching the plot. Rajendra wanted to shoot Manoj but at the last moment developed cold feet, so Hemendra agreed to do it. Hemendra went close to Manoj, shot him and disappeared into the crowd. Police arrested Purshottam from Kotwali in UP for supplying the weapon.