Following intimation by Ratnagiri police, Kakati police have traced the body of a 22-year-old woman stuffed in a suitcase dumped under a bridge besides a National Highway near Rani Channamma University, in the outskirts of Belagavi on Wednesday.The deceased is suspected to be Ankita, native of Nagpur, who was missing from Thane in Maharashtra. They planned to drop her in Mumbai, but made a decision to stop for the night at Ambernath, where the other accused, Akshay Valode, lived.
The police have taken custody of Nagpur resident Nikhlesh Patil, 24, and his Ambernath-based friend Akshay Valode, 25, in the case. After graduating from YCCE College in Nagpur, the woman was interning with an IT firm in Andheri (East).
On Sunday, Patil along with his friend, Nilesh Khobragade, drove down from Nagpur to Pune in latter’s auto and met the victim in Pune.
The victim has been identified as the daughter of an assistant sub-Inspector, who was an IT professional.
Police said that Patil and Valode allegedly took turns to rape the victim. “Later, they put the dead body in a bag and left after dumping it in a vehicle”, the official added. It was only when he urged the two accused that they narrated the entire incident to Nilesh. The accused confessed their crime in Ratnagiri Police station. He told them even if the ran away they would get arrested and surrendering to the police is the best option they have right now.
Police said, the accused had packed the IT engineer’s body is a suitcase and dumped it at a drainline in Karnataka’s Belagaum. Since they were passing through the [police] headquarters, and saw the police station, they approached us and confessed to the crime. The complainant, who allegedly helped the accused in disposing of the body, has also been arrested. Four different teams have been formed to probe the case.”According to police, Khobragade resides at Laxmi Nagar in Nagpur”.
“Both the accused have been arrested and further investigation is being carried out”, said Parambir Singh, Thane police commissioner.