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Nov 02, 2011 at 07:30am IST

Pune: 20 days post murder, no arrests yet

Mumbai: It's a murder mystery that shocked Pune. A 26-year-old lawyer, Juhi Prasad, related to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Rajiv Pratap Rudy was burned to death on October 13.

Police claim that on October 13, 26-year-old IT professional Anushree Kundra, went to the house of Nimesh Sinha her ex-boyfriend where a heated argument took place. She left the house only to return with petrol to set Nimesh and Juhi on fire.

Juhi died in hospital while Nimesh was released after treatment. But the victim's father says the boyfriend cannot be above suspicion.

"Why did he call just the two of them and not anybody else? He could have called in friends to mediate. Why did he keep the door open?" Juhi's father NA Prasad asked.

The fire officer too punches holes in the police's version where Nimesh is not yet being considered a suspect.

Chief Fire officer Prashant Ranpise said, "The way only the bed and the chair had burn marks makes it essential for police investigation."

This leaves quite a few questions unanswered: why did Nimesh invite both women to the house at the same time? Why did Nimesh leave the door unlatched when Anushree left his house? How could he suffer just 15 per cent burns and Juhi 90 per cent burns, especially when both of them were on the same bed? Only the bed and a chair were found burnt. How did the entire room not catch fire?

Annushree the current prime suspect remains untraceable, her phone switched off, internet connection terminated and email account suspended.

It's been more than two weeks since Juhi was burned to death but the police is yet to make an arrest. The prime suspect is absconding. All this while her parents are hoping and praying for speedy justice.