Crucial leads helped GRP nab culprit

A crucial lead from a Karjat-based commuter, CCTV images and the picture of the woman whose body was found in an unclaimed red rexin bag at Chhatrapti Shivaji Terminus (CST) station on September 26, helped the Government Railway Police (GRP) crack the case and led to the arrest of her live-in partner, Pravin Vasant Thakre (29).

Pravin has been booked for murder and destruction of evidence. His neighbour and alleged accomplice Amol Karanjule has been booked for destruction of evidence. The murdered woman has been identified as Roshni Tongse (22), Pravin's live-in partner, said GRP officers.

Hailing from neighbouring villages in Amravati, the couple developed a relationship in 2002 and fled to Daman after they faced resistance from their respective families. They lived in Daman till 2005, before moving to Pune. In 2008, they had a son, with Pravin continuing to do odd jobs.

"He developed a relationship with another woman, which caused a rift between the two. They also had other issues, creating tiffs at home," said Prabhat Kumar, Commissioner, Government Railway Police.

On September 25, a heated argument allegedly turned violent with Pravin strangling Roshni with his hands. "She fell on the floor and is believed to have died at the spot. He then informed his neighbour Amol. They together planned to dispose of the body," said Kumar. After the plan was hatched, the duo went looking for a "suitable suitcase". They returned after selecting one but the body did not fit in it. They allegedly chose another suitcase, a red rexin suitcase purchased from Pimpri market. The CCTV grabs from CST station showed this suitcase and was a vital lead in the case, police said.

Roshni's body was bent from her knees, hip and neck to fit it into the suitcase, with the two men ferrying it at dawn on September 26. They reached Chinchwad station with a plan to dump the suitcase at Lonavala at the first opportunity.

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