Ponda Police have arrested Siddharth Mohan Miringkar (44) from Dhavali for allegedly murdering a moneylender from Ponda,whose body was found in Tambdi Surla recently. The police made the breakthrough after forming three teams to investigate the case and interrogating more than 150 people.
It may be recalled that moneylender Brahmanand Topio Mamlekar (56) from Upper Bazaar, Ponda, went missing on Jan 4, and four days later, his decomposed body was found on the banks of the Ragada River near the temple at Tambdi Surla.
Addressing the press, Ponda Dy SP Sunita Sawant expressed happiness at the police’s efforts to solve the case and informed that the accused, who runs a lubricant shop in Ponda, had confessed to the crime. The motive was a sour business relationship between the victim and accused.
Sawant further informed that Miringkar, in his confession to the police, claimed that the victim was not repaying money given to him and was harassing the accused when asked to return the same. Fed-up, Miringkar lured the victim to Tambdi Surla under the pretext of having a picnic and committed the crime. A knife and other evidence have already been collected.
The police studied the victim’s business dealings, and after a thorough probe, arrested Miringkar. The Sanguem Judicial Magistrate First Class has remanded him to five-day police custody, while Collem PI Nilesh Diagodkar is the main investigation officer in the case.
Collem Police had initially registered a case of unnatural death as the injuries could not be seen given the body’s decomposed state. However, the post mortem revealed that the victim had died after being stabbed four times on the head and face. Police later registered a case of murder against unknown persons and began investigations into the same.
Ponda Police had had interrogated several people who were known and unknown to the victim. Interestingly, the accused had been interrogated with other people several times in the police station.
Dy SP Sawant, Ponda PI Sudesh Naik, Collem PI Nilesh Diagodkar and three teams of eight PSIs each investigated the case under the guidance of SP Shekhar Prabhudessai.