‘Surgical’ cuts on victim’s body lead cops to killer nurse

As many as 17 witnesses confirmed an extramarital affair was the intent, but it was one surgical knife that made it murder. For Vasai police, probing a case of robbery and murder, it was the depth and nature of two specific cuts on the victim's body that proved it was a planned murder.

Chanda Jadhav (21), who worked as a nurse at a Vasai hospital, was allegedly in love with a woman colleague, an anaesthesia nurse, since 2005. However, the colleague was married to a man, Rupesh Nagvekar (27) and had a two-year-old daughter.

Officers said a call came on the morning of February 3, 2010, from Alliance Hospital, Nallasopara, about a male patient, Rupesh Nagvekar, with severe neck injuries. Nagvekar had been taken to the hospital by a woman, Chanda Jadhav, who claimed she was a family friend. The hospital advised Jadhav to shift the patient to Bhagwati Hospital, Borivali.

Jadhav took Nagvekar to Bhagwati Hospital, where he was declared dead before admission. She told police recording the panchnama at the hospital that they were on their way to Vasai when masked men attacked them and demanded that they hand over their jewellery and money. When they refused, they slit Nagvekar's neck with a knife and fled, Jadhav said in her statement. A case of robbery and murder was registered against unidentified persons.

"Jadhav looked like she was in a state of shock. We had assumed that she did not have any reason to lie," said assistant police inspector Ram Shetty. The victim's body was sent for post-mortem and forensic experts were called in to examine it. Meanwhile, we tried to find eyewitness of the incident but, strangely, found none. This perplexed us as the spot in Vasai had many shops and people around. Someone would have heard a call for help," said Shetty.

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