Dog leads police to Vidyavihar station

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A police dog brought to help in investigation of the Saturday morning triple murder at Natraj Bar and Restaurant sniffed around the premises for a long time, suggesting an insider job, before settling 5 km away on platform two of Vidyavihar Railway Station.

Sweeper Vasant Mudira (30), watchman Bhaskar Dalvi (54) and waiter Raja Dakholia (33) were found stabbed and their necks slits inside the bar, which is believed to have shut around 2 am with the owner leaving the premises at 2.30 am.

The cleaning staff was active till 3 am and the murder is believed to have happened after that.

"The lights were switched off by the last person before he left," Quaiser Khalid, ACP (eastern region), said.

An officer who visited the bar in the morning said the bodies had "deep cuts".

"A stab wound in his right hand suggests the waiter resisted but failed," the officer said.

Police said it appeared the killer took with him phones of the victims.

With the CCTV at the bar switched off, they have asked for footage from establishments around and places on the way to the bar and Vidyavihar Railway Station.

The knife used for the murders is still to be found and the police suspicion that the killer is an insider is based on the theory that he knew "exactly where the three (victims) are sleeping".

A waiter who went home to his village without applying for leave and whose phone was switched off at 4 am is the prime suspect. Bar employees confirmed the waiter and Raja had a fight over a bar girl. She has been detained.

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