"we found that the accused had kept his phone off"
A Bangladeshi national who fled from India after allegedly killing his second wife in Navi Mumbai has been arrested by police.
The accused was identified as Mohammad Ali Muddasar Shaikh, aged 24. He was arrested by Mumbai Police on December 17, 2020.
Mohammad has been arrested for allegedly killing his second wife Lipi Sagar Shaikh, aged 26.
The victim’s decomposed body was found on December 6, 2020, on the third floor of building number 539 at Boudhwada in Roadpali, Kalamboli.
Lipi had allegedly been living in the flat with her Bangladeshi friends.
During the lockdown, her roommates went to Bangladesh while she stayed back and was lived with Mohammad.
Lipi and Mohammad had also gotten married in April 2020, during the Covid-19 lockdown in India.
For a while, Lipi’s neighbour claimed that everything was fine, however, in November 2020, her flat was found to be locked.
The flat’s owner Akshay Ravindra Gaikwad, who stays on the first floor, believed that Lipi too had left for her hometown in Bangladesh.
On December 6, 2020, Lipi’s friends returned and found the flat locked.
Since no one knew of her whereabouts, they broke open the lock and found the victim’s decomposed body.
Senior police inspector Satish Gaikwad from Kalamboli police station stated:
“During investigations, we found that the accused had kept his phone off and the victim’s phone was missing.
“He was using her phone and the location was traced to Bangladesh.”
Upon going through the victim’s call records, the police learnt the brother of the accused stayed in Mumbai.
The police hatched a plan to lure the accused back to India, to face justice for his crime.
Mumbai police got Mohammad’s brother admitted to a hospital and covered in bandages, they then had him video call the accused.
Mohammad flew back to India to check on his brother, and the police arrested him at the hospital.
Gaikwad said: “After the arrest, Mohammad said he had a wife in Bangladesh. The victim was a divorcee.
“But after the marriage, Mohammad found out she was still in touch with her first husband and often spoke on video calls.
“Since she did not agree to stop communicating with him, he decided to kill her and strangulated her with a towel.”
Lipi worked as a house help, whereas Mohammad worked as a supervisor at a construction site.