Dombivli murder: Cops rely on eyewitnesses

Police unearth chopper used by accused to stab Vicchivora, record statements.

In an attempt to build a strong case against Pankaj Pal, who was nabbed along with four minor accomplices for the murder of Dombivli resident Santosh Vicchivora, the police on Thursday appealed eyewitnesses to come forward and give their statements.

The victim was allegedly attacked and stabbed when he confronted them about lewd remarks allegedly directed at his female friend,

As Vicchivora's female friend's statement is vague in terms of the exact reason for the altercation, the police are now relying on the statements of witnesses.

The police, meanwhile, have unearthed crucial evidence in the form of the chopper allegedly used by the accused to stab Vicchivora.

"We visited the area on Thursday and spoke to several residents, appealing them to come forward and record their statements. We have already recorded the statement of Jayantilal Gada, who was injured in his bid to save Santosh, the security guard at the complex and the four to five people who took Santosh to the hospital," said Assistant Commissioner of Police Rajan Ghule, Dombivli division.

Ghule added that while Vicchivora's female friend had been co-operative and had given a detailed statement, she was unclear about what had exactly led to the altercation as she was on the phone at the time. Her mother, too, had also confirmed this to Newsline on Wednesday.

However, the girl had also stated that Vicchivora was a friendly person by nature and would have never gone out of his way to start an argument unless the comments were really offensive.

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