Mumbai: In the latest twist in the murder of aspiring film producer Karan Kumar Kakkad, a CCTV footage has emerged showing two of the main accused at a Mumbai shopping mall. The CCTV footage shows the two accused, Vijay Palande and Ganesh Shinde, at a shopping mall in Mumbai on March 9 where they allegedly used Kakkad's credit cards to make purchases.
Police say Palande confessed that they murdered Kakkad after stealing his BMW car and jewellery, and dumped the body. Parts of Kakkar's body were recovered from the forests at Kumbharli Ghat in Chiplun near Mumbai.
While his severed head and an arm have been recovered so far, the police are now looking for the remaining parts of the body with the help of the locals and fire brigade officers.
Police officers explained that they had reason to believe that the other parts of his body would be strewn in the same area. Cops at the spot shared that Palande had chopped Kakkar's body into several parts and stuffed them in two bags that they pinched from their victim's house. They had then travelled all the way to Chiplun in Kakkar's BMW and dumped the bags there.
Cops had expected to retrieve Kakkar's body from his BMW, which they retrieved in Pune on Sunday. However, when the car yielded no such evidence, they immediately started interrogating Palande, who was accompanying them. Having withheld information for three days, Palande finally divulged the point at which he had dumped his victim's body.
Himanshu Roy, joint commissioner of police (crime) said, "On March 5, Palande and his three accomplices had killed Kakkar in his flat, and butchered his body in the bathroom. They then wiped the bathroom clean to remove all telltale blood stains, stashed the body parts in the bags and then moved them into the BMW."
Police are also investigating the role of Palande's friend Simran Sood, a small-time actress and model who he used as a honeytrap to lure the victim. Kakkad's family alleges they had mentioned Simran Sood's name to the police, but they failed to investigate the lead properly.
Palande is also accused of allegedly masterminding the murder of Arun Tikku, the father of TV actor Anuj Tikku. Palande claimed that he had also planned to butcher Arun Tikku in the same manner and subsequently dump the parts in the same spot.