Modelís murder: Cops to take accused to Allahabad today
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The Mumbai Police are likely to reach Allahabad late on Tuesday along with two city-based accused in a murder case. Amit Kumar Jaiswal (36) and Preeti Elvira Surin (26) were arrested by the Crime Branch on Sunday for allegedly killing model and small-time actress Meenakshi Thapa (26) in Allahabad last month.
Thapa, a Nepalese national who was settled in Dehradun before moving to Mumbai, had gone missing a month ago from her Lokhandwala residence. She was brought to Allahabad, murdered, her body dismembered and disposed after a failed extortion attempt, the police said.
Mumbai Police Crime Branch sources on Monday said that the two accused have told them that Thapa's decapitated body was dumped in a water tank in the building in Allahabad they stayed in.
"They have told us that after the murder, they cut off her head. They disposed of the head by throwing it from a bus between Allahabad and Lucknow. This was after they dumped the body in a water tank in the building they were staying in. We have sent a team to Allahabad to recover the body," a Crime Branch officer said.
However, Allahabad police said that Mumbai police were yet to officially get in touch with them.
Shailesh Kumar Yadav Allahabad SP (City), said: "We have been hearing about the case through the media. But so far, the Mumbai Police have not informed us officially or sought our request."
Surendra Jaiswal, Amit's father and a lawyer, said over phone that he came to know of Thapa's disappearance on March 30 when the Mumbai police questioned him. "I had no idea that Amit was involved in the crime. He had been in Mumbai since July last year and had told me that he was working in a bank. He had left Allahabad after a tiff with his wife," said Jaiswal, adding that Amit used to run a coaching centre at Mumfordganj, besides practising as a lawyer.
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