Following eight months since the disappearance of 30-year-old Dipali Yadav from Powai, it has been discovered that the Yadav had been murdered by her friend Nisar Sheikh with the help of an accomplice. According to Powai police, the accused killed the victim after their relationship turned toxic with the victim proceeding to blackmail the accused.
The primary accused, 32-year-old Sheikh committed the murder with the assistance of his friend 35-year-old Lallan Tiwari who aided Sheikh in dumping the victim’s body. Both have since been arrested by Powai police. The victim used to work in a call centre and had remained missing from July 2019. A missing person complaint was registered with the police.
The police had launched an exhaustive search for Yadav, however the pursuit proved fruitless following which the police began calling all of the victims’ friends, family and co-workers for questioning. The accused was called in multiple times throughout the missing persons investigation and the police found an increasing number of discrepancies in his answers, prompting the police to narrow their investigation towards him.
The accused had finally cracked under intense interrogation and had confessed to the murder of his friend and dumping her body at sea with the help of the accomplice Tiwari. Parallel to Powai polices’ missing persons investigation looking into Yadav’s disappearance, Malvani police station had found an unidentified body of a woman, following which an FIR was registered at Malvani police station last year in August.
During coordination between the two police stations, it was found the pictures of the missing person and the body matched with police making a positive identification. Thee police team lead by Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Zone X Ankit Goyal arrested the duo on March 10, 2020 and booked them for murder and destroying evidence under the relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
One of the investigating officers said, “Shaikh and Yadav were living together for almost three years however their relationship did not work out and the accused got married to another girl. The victim allegedly blackmailed the accused, telling him that he would reveal their relationship to his wife if he did not pay up. It was under these circumstances that the accused began planning her murder, and one day called her to Malad, where he strangled her, took the body in a car and dumped it at sea. The body washed ashore near Malvani but could not be initially identified.”