Woman, daughter kill Mumbai stockbroker, dump body on road

The mother and daughter who together killed the 58-year-old Mumbai stockbroker, Mukti Shah, on December 12 were on Monday sent to judicial custody after four days of questioning by the police.

The police said both the accused Amita Bhatt, 52, and her daughter Dhwani, 30, were having an affair with Mukti Shah and killed him to usurp his Kandivali land worth Rs 17 crore.

On December 12 night, both of them slashed Shah's wrist to make his death look like suicide and then left him to bleed and die near Borsad town in Anand. The duo had persuaded Shah, who was on his way to Mumbai, to visit Ahmedabad and give them a ride in his car to Amita's native village in Vasna near Borsad.

According to Borsad police inspector Ranjitsinh Dabhi, Shah, a native of Banaskantha district in north Gujarat, was found dead on roadside a few yards away from his car on December 12 night. "The 108 emergency service got a call that a man had been killed in an accident. At first glance, we too thought it was a case of suicide since the veins in his hands were cut," he said.

However, the autopsy found his death to be a murder. "Doctors said that one cannot inflict such deep gash on one's own hand and throat with a blade. The wounds were inflicted by someone else and the victim died of excessive bleeding," Dabhi said.

The call records of Shah showed he was frequently in touch with the women, leading to their arrest from their house in Maninagar, Ahmedabad, last Wednesday. The police said Amita and Dhwani chose a blade since it was easily available and can be hidden from Shah. "They were also aware that due to Assembly polls, the police were vigilant and they might be caught if they were to carry any weapon," Dabhi said.

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