"Diya, Shree and Jahnvi, were very good friends.”
A 19-year-old Indian girl was murdered by two of her friends during a New Year’s party on December 31, 2020, in Mumbai.
The girl had reportedly been beaten badly and thrown off the roof of a building in Mumbai’s Khar district.
It was believed that the victim had seen her two friends in an objectionable condition, which led to her death.
Police have arrested 22-year-old Shree Jogadhankar and 19-year-old Dia Padankar for the murder of Janhvi Kukreja.
Both Shree and Dia have confessed to their crimes and been charged with committing murder under section 302 of the Indian Penal Code.
Janhvi was a resident of Mumbai and a psychology student at Jai Hind College.
She was allegedly pushed from the roof of a building in suburban Khar during a heated argument with her friends on the night of the incident.
Janhvi’s mother, Nidhi Kukreja has also demanded police action against the person who had organised the party.
In addition, Nidhi dismissed rumours that her daughter Jahnvi had been dating the accused Shree.
She stated: “Shree and Jhanvi were not dating.
“They were very good friends, and Shree had visited our house a couple of times as well.
“All the three kids, Diya, Shree and Jahnvi, were very good friends.”
Janhvi’s post-mortem report indicated that the victim was brutally beaten at around 2:30 am.
Her body had severe injury marks on her hips and thighs. Janhvi’s autopsy revealed that a fractured skull was the cause of death.
The police inspector in charge of the case, Gajanan Kabule said:
“There was a New Year party on the roof of the building in Khar West. Many friends had gathered.
“At the end of the party, there was a fight between Janhvi and the accused and in which the girl was allegedly murdered.”
“We have arrested both the accused.”
The incident came to light on the morning of January 1, 2021, when a woman saw blood dripping from the staircase.
At this time, the party was reportedly ongoing, and the murder had gone unnoticed as people used the lift, not the stairs.
Inspector Kabule also stated that most of the people at the party had been intoxicated.
The police are also investigating how the party was being held on the roof of the building despite the complete ban on parties across Mumbai.
The police have filed a separate FIR (First Incident Report) against the organiser of the party.
The police are investigating the exact sequence of events that led to Jahnvi’s death.