Girls body found in septic tank, Cops quiz brother and neighbour

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dead-body-343The Kolsewadi police investigating the murder of 23-yearold Reshma Birje, who went missing on May 6 and whose decomposed body was found in Kalyan on Sunday, have questioned her brother and neighbour in their hunt for clues to the accused.

On Monday, Jagdish Birje, brother of Reshma, was questioned for several hours by the police, who also summoned the unnamed neighbour to whom Reshma had handed over her house keys when she left on May 6. With no breakthrough in the case yet, Reshma’s call detail records are also being checked, and all those with whom she had spoken on that day are being questioned.

Police are also examining her profile on social networking sites and chat details for more information about her personal life. The body of Reshma, who worked as an accountant in Mulund’s Platinum Hospital, was found in a septic tank at Kalyan on Sunday afternoon.

The tank is located around 50 feet from her maternal uncle’s home. Reshma’s brother Jagdish, 25, was sleeping at the uncle’s place that day, while Reshma and her elder brother Ganpat, 28, were at their residence in Kailash Nagar at Kalyan (E).

Police said that Reshma used to leave for work around 9:30 am and keep the house keys with a neighbour. She would usually drop in at a relative’s shop on the way to Vitthalwadi Railway Station. On May 6, after giving the keys to the neighbour, Reshma left but did not turn up at the relative’s shop.

Police suspect that for some reason she was either prevented from reaching the shop, or she took a different route to the station. They say it is not possible for someone to have kidnapped a girl in the busy locality at that hour as there is usually a large number of people around.

“Someone known to the deceased could have convinced her to join him via some other route. We are questioning several people, including relatives and friends and other suspects named by her brothers,” said Senior Inspector Jagdish Lohankar of Kolsewadi Police Station.

Meanwhile, Reshma’s last rites were performed by her family on Monday evening.(MM)

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