A disturbing case of grooming and murder has been unearthed from Mumbai’s Goregaon West. 23-year-old bakery owner Mohammed Ansari was arrested for brutally killing 18-year-old Hindu girl Sonam Shukla. The girl, residing in Goregaon’s Prem Nagar area, was preparing for her NEET examinations.
As per reports, the victim girl left for her tuition at 4 PM on April 25 and never returned. However, the police said she did not attend her classes and instead had been to her friend’s house, before leaving her place at around 9 that night. The victim’s father inquired about Sonam’s whereabouts when she did not return even by 9:30 PM.
He said “My daughter told me that she will reach home in some time as she is at her friend’s home. But when she did not reach till 11.30 pm, I got worried and again tried her number.” The panic-stricken father also said her phone went switched off at around 11 PM after his numerous failed attempts of contacting her. Later, the girl’s father filed a missing report at the Goregaon West Police.
On April 28, the police discovered the victim’s decomposed body when it washed ashore at Barista Lane in Versova. A Versova Police official said that they learned about Ansari through local sources. Apparently, the teenage girl was in a relationship with the accused, Ansari, a graduate student and a bakery owner at Goregaon. The two supposedly became friends during her visits to his bakery shop.
On that fateful night, she had gone to his place when his family members were not at home. They got into a scuffle following which, Ansari beat her and strangled her to death using an internet cable wire. He then tied her hands and legs, stuffed her body in a sack, and dumped it in a creek in Malad West, hoping that the body will be eaten by fish. According to the police, the crime took place sometime after 10 PM.
DCP (Zone IX) Manjunath Singe took cognizance and initiated a probe in this matter. The Versova police uploaded the victim’s photo on their WhatsApp group and came to know about the girl’s missing report filed by her parents at the Goregaon West police station. Later, the girl’s parents were duly informed but the victim’s body was decomposed beyond identification.
“I learned that my daughter was killed when the police sent a photo of a decomposed body of a girl but it was not in a position to identify her. So, we were asked to reach Cooper hospital where we identified her. Police said her body was stuffed in a sack and was washed ashore Versova beach.” said, the inflicted father. He demanded stringent punishment for the accused.
Activist Saroj Gupta says the Goregaon Police had initially registered a ‘missing complaint’ instead of a case of abduction. “The girl’s parents were harassed at the police station by the police.“ Gupta added.
Ansari confessed to his crime during the interrogation and has been charged with IPC Sections 201 (disappearance of evidence) and 302 (murder).