The Navi Mumbai police have arrested Rahul Bangali alias Paudutt Naskar, 35, a bar worker who had stabbed his girlfriend, Kavita Biswas, 31, from his hometown in West Bengal. Kavita also a bar waitress, at the Vindo Ladies Bar in Belapur, was murdered on December 5, 2016 in broad daylight. Naskar, who had fled to his hometown after committing the crime, was nabbed by the police on December 7 and was produced before a local court. He was later released on transit bail and brought to Mumbai by the Navi Mumbai police team on December 9, 2016.
As Naskar would often visit the bar, the staff knew him well. The accused barged into the bar around 4 p.m. on December 5, 2016, a few minutes after Kavita arrived at the bar. The bar was yet to be opened for the day and so there were only a few other waitresses present. Naskar dragged her into a corner and started abusing her. In a fit of rage, he stabbed her in the abdomen several times with a knife he had with him. Kavita was rushed to D.Y. Patil Hospital in Nerul by her colleagues, where she died a few hours later during treatment.
Speaking to Bayside Journal, Dhanraj Dayama, Assistant Commissioner of Police said, “After we learnt that the accused was from West Bengal, we sent one of our teams to his native place. Acting on a tip off, they arrested him there and also recovered the knife used in the crime from the spot where he was arrested.”
When asked about the reason behind the act, Dayama said, “The accused had married the victim a few months ago and they stayed in a house at Shirvane. The problem started when the accused learnt that the victim was already married and that she had children from her first husband at her native place in West Bengal. The couple often fought after that.”
“Frustrated by daily fights with the accused over the issue, the victim started living separately. Naskar tried his level best to get the victim back in his life but his efforts went in vain. After a point, he decided to take revenge and thus he planned to kill her.”
Naskar has been booked under section 302 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). He was produced before the judicial court on December 9 and has been remanded to police custody until December 15, 2016.
A senior police officer from Belapur Police Station on the condition of anonymity said, “The accused has also worked at different bars in Navi Mumbai. So far we have not found any criminal record of him but our investigations are on and we will find out more from the victim’s colleagues and also the manager and owner of the bar.”
A Love Triangle
Kavita Biswas was already married to a man in West Bengal. She came to Mumbai for job; but as she was not well qualified joined the Vindo Ladies Bar as a bar waitress. She had been working at the bar for the past two years. Paudutt Naskar, who used to frequently visit the bar, came close to Biswas and both started spending time with each other. Without disclosing her marriage, she started staying with him at his house in Nerul. After 10 months of staying together, Naskar learnt about her marriage, after which Kavita started staying separately. They were both not in good terms and used to fight often.
Police Wait for the Victim’s Family to Comment
The Navi Mumbai Police are still waiting for a comment from the victim’s family. According to the police, there are a few other issues at the bar, which Kavita’s colleagues are not revealing.