At least seven bodies, including a female foetus and two dismembered adults, have been recovered by the police from various parts of the city since January. What is disquieting, however, is the ease with which the murderers have dumped the bodies.
Police officers feel that the inadequate number of CCTV cameras on the city’s roads, has made dumping bodies less laborious.
On September 23, the lower torso of a woman was found dumped near debris at Bandra Reclamation. The torso, which was stuffed in a gunny sack, is still unidentified and the case remains unsolved. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone IX) Chhering Dorje said it is impossible to find the killer until the victim is identified. So far, the Bandra police have collected DNA samples of eight people of the 268 missing complaints they have examined.
“With the absence of witnesses or CCTV cameras, we have not been able to find the vehicle from which the body was thrown,” said Dorje.
On October 30, the torso of a woman, later identified as Chandivali-resident Kanta Shetty (36), was thrown into the Charai Lake in Chembur, allegedly by her boyfriend Prabhakar Shetty (31). Prabhakar allegedly killed her when she started insisting on marriage. “Prabhakar disposed of the body in three trips. He first disposed of the torso in the lake and then discarded the arms and legs in the mangroves in Trombay. The head was tossed in a nullah,” said inspector Subhash Khanvilkar, Chembur police station.
A female foetus was found dumped in the same lake on November 7. The case remains undetected.
Last month, Kalpesh Gurav allegedly stabbed his nephew Kishore while his friends were drinking in the adjoining room of his Karuna Nagar residence. Gurav dragged Kishore’s body out of the house and dumped it on the Marwa Road in Saki Naka. Gurav abandoned the body at about 7 am and slipped away unseen.
Earlier in November, interior designer Vibhuti Sampat (28) was allegedly strangled to death by her friend Gaurav Barua his residence, in bustling Juhu. Barua took Sampat’s body to Powai in a cardboard carton. He then dumped it near the Customs Colony in the early hours of the day and tried to burn it before abandoning it. The Mumbai Police Crime Branch could detect the case only because Vibhuti’s father had filed a missing complaint, and once she had been identified, subsequent investigations led them to Barua.
On the Eastern Express Highway, a 5 km