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Mumbai: Aspiring model’s corpse found in suitcase, friend arrested

According to police, the 20-year-old student was from Rajasthan and had come to Mumbai to become a model.

Mumbai: Mumbai’s Bangur Nagar Police on Monday morning recovered the dead body of a 20-year-old student-cum-aspiring model named Mansi Dixit in Malad neighbourhood of the coastal city. Bangur Nagar Police subsequently arrested a student named Muzammil Sayyed – who is accused of having carried out her murder.

According to police, Dixit was from Rajasthan and had come to Mumbai to become a model. The police believe Dixit met Sayyed, a student, on the internet. The two had met at Sayyed’s apartment in Andheri on Monday afternoon and after an argument, Sayyed allegedly hit Dixit with a blunt object and then strangled her to death.

The accused then stuffed the body in a suitcase and hailed a private cab from Andheri to Malad. He then dumped the body near Mindspace, in the cover of mangroves and fled from the spot,” an officer was quoted as saying in media reports. This happened between 3pm and 4pm.

The police were alerted to Dixit’s murder by the driver of the cab that Sayyed had hired. The driver saw Sayyed dumping the bag and leaving the spot in a rickshaw. He then called the police to report Sayyed’s actions. The police reached the spot within minutes and found Dixit’s body in the abandoned suitcase. As per reports, the rope that was used to strangle her was intact around her neck.

The police traced the rickshaw that the accused had hired by the means of CCTV footage and apprehended him. Sangramsinh Nishandar, Deputy Commissioner of Police said that an FIR was lodged under sections of the Indian Penal Code pertaining to murder and the accused was arrested after he confessed to having pulled off the killing. The accused is to be produced before a Magistrate court on Tuesday. The victim’s body has been sent for post-mortem examination.

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