32 year old woman working as an assistant manager in a national bank was arrested by the police for conspiring to kill a sub-engineer employed in Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).
The woman and sub-engineer were in an extramarital affair. When the man ended the relationship, the woman arranged for a contract killer from Odisha to kill him. Police intervention in the case, however, saved his life.
An investigator said the man was not interested in marrying her which would often lead to heated arguments. During a recent argument two months ago, the sub-engineer had abused and insulted her.
An officer from Matunga reported that the man blocked her and cut all ties which made the woman upset.
“She then got in touch with a contract killer from Odisha through a person based out of Uttar Pradesh,” said senior inspector Vijaysingh Ghatge.
Officials identified the contract killer as Vijay Pradhan, 24, a BSc graduate from Odisha who came to Mumbai on 6th November. Police reported that the woman called Vijay near Dadar railway station to hand him a weapon.
“We noticed their suspicious movement outside Dadar station, and took them to the police station,” said an investigator, adding that we recovered the weapon along with five rounds of bullets.
According to reports, she had promised 1 lac rupees to Pradhan after he would have carried out the act. “They planned to kill him near his residence on Monday, November 9,” an officer said.
Police are trying to identify the person who provided the weapon while investigators are trying to locate the man from UP who got the woman in touch with the contract killer.
A case was registered under relevant sections of the Arms Act and the Maharashtra Police Act.
The accused were produced before Kurla court and remanded in police custody till November 12.