172) Proof of Crime Patrol true stories ::: Engineering girl student brutally stabbed to death in public in mistaken identity of supari killing – Crime Patrol Satark क्राइम पेट्रोल सतर्क Episode 49

Four accused in Monica Kirnapure murder case get sentenced to rigorous life imprisonment

Two acquitted for want of evidence 

in Nagpur Today, copyright nagpurtoday.in

Nagpur: Nagpur city shook with the murder of a young engineering student Monica Kirnapure on March 11, 2011 because of a mistaken identity. Citizens of Nagpur had displayed a rare solidarity in protesting and seeking justice for Monica Kirnapure. The trial of Monika murder case started after the police filed a charge sheet of 750 pages on June 9, 2011.

Government Prosecutor Advocate Ujwal Nikam had demanded that the accused be hanged to death. He argued for a long time and explained how this is one of the rarest of the rare case and so the accused should be hanged. Advocate Ujwal Nikam presented the murder case well and claimed that the main accused who was a teacher has earned ill-repute to the profession. However, Advocate Sudhip Jaiswal who was representing the accused while negating the claims said that everyday there are hundreds of murders and nearly 400 murders are already registered. If that is the case, how can this case be a rarest of the rare?

Advocate Jaiswal argued that these accused are not history sheeters on whom many cases are registered.

However, Additional Sessions Judge Justice M W Chandwani while sentencing the accused, sentenced the main accused who murdered the victim Monica Kirnapure and the accused who had given supari to kill his former lover and the accused who had aided the accused sentenced to rigorous life imprisonment. The accused who were sentenced include:

  1. Kunal Jaiswal
  2. Pradeep Sahare
  3. Shrikant Sonekar and
  4. Umesh Marathe

While two others identified as Rameshwar Sonekar and Gita Maldure who had aided the accused were acquitted for lack of evidence.

Additional Sessions Judge Justice M W Chandwani has fined the main accused a sum of Rupees One lakhs to be given to the family of the victim. He also has directed the other accused to deposit a sum of Rupees five thousand each.

The mother of the victim Monica Kirnapure claimed that they are not happy with the sentence. Only a sentence of hanging would have consoled us. The family members claimed that they will appeal in the High Court to demand a sentence of hanging the accused.


The unfortunate murder case in detail

The 23-year-old engineering student was killed due to a mistaken identity. The assailants, who were given a Supari for Rs 1.40 lakhs, had presumed Monica to be another third year student who was not even her friend. The only common thread was they went to the same college and also resided in the same hostel.

The murderer identified as Shrikant Sonekar resident of Hudkeshwar area. Sonekar is a master burglar and with several cases of housebreaking against his name.

The girl who was supposed to be murdered Rekha (name changed), who was also a student of Shrimati Rajshree Mulak College of Engineering for Women, was the target of the killers who had come from Katol. While Monica was a third-year student of electronics, Rekha belonged to the third year batch of computer engineering.

Police said that Rekha’s former boyfriend Kunal Jaiswal was the mastermind as he wanted to take revenge on being jilted. Jaiswal had become jealous after Shweta had grown close to another youth (name withheld) who was already in a relationship with one of her friends.

293339_265658056799728_373872539_nThe name of Jaiswal, a teacher at an English school in Katol, cropped up when the cops were examining the call details of various people who were staying in the same hostel as Monica. Also, another hostelite also confessed to a woman police sub inspector that Jaiswal used to call her for details of Rekha’s movements. It was at this point that the police felt that Monica may have been the wrong target.
Along with Jaiswal, his friend Pradeep Sahare too came under suspicion following the scanning of the former’s call details.

Since Monica had her face covered, the assailants mistook her for Rekha. Moreover, there was some misunderstanding between Jaiswal and the assailants too. Monica, a resident of Ramtek, was heading to college when she was brutally stabbed by two people at Shree Nagar in Nandanvan. She received 10 stab wounds. Such was the force of the attack that the knife remained embedded in her body.

According to the police, Rekha and Jaiswal, whose father owned a hotel in Katol, were involved in a relationship for over a year. Jaiswal was introduced to Rekha when she had come to his village to attend a wedding.

The two broke up after a tiff. Jaiswal was keen on a patch up and often used to come to Nagpur to try and meet Rekha who did not show any interest.
Sources said that Rekha had a friend Samira (name changed), also an engineering student from KDK college, who stayed at the same hostel. Rekha got close to Samira’s boyfriend which further enraged Jaiswal who even threatened the youth on one occasion. Police said that Jaiswal befriended Kanika (name changed), another hostelite, and used to seek information from her on Rekha’s whereabouts. Kanika was convinced that there was nothing wrong as Jaiswal said he wanted to take back Rs 14,000 Rekha owed him. Not able to win back Rekha, Jaiswal decided to eliminate her. He roped in Sahare and three others – Raju, Sonekar and an unnamed person to murder Rekha.

Two days before the murder, Jaiswal and Sahare had come to Nagpur and managed to keep a track on Rekha’s schedule with the help of Kanika. The cops also studied the cell records of Jaiswal and Sahare prior to the murder date.
Jaiswal skipped school for a couple of days but ensured that he was present in Katol on the murder date. He and Sahare kept contact with Kanika over the cell phone. They were also talking to the assailants who were waiting near the hostel.
On the fateful day, Kanika made a mistake in passing information to Jaiswal who was told that Rekha had left. Jaiswal presumed she had just left the hostel and asked the assailants, one of whom was a heavily drunk Sonekar, to attack the girl who had stepped out. Actually, Rekha had left the hostel at 9 am while the attack took place at 11am. Monica just happened to be there at the wrong time.

Girl student stabbed to death on busy street

Alka Panse| TNN | Mar 12, 2011 copyright Times of India newspaper

NAGPUR: While Delhi is still under the shock of Radhika Tanwar murder on international women’s day, the city was rocked by a similar incident on Friday morning when a third year engineering student was stabbed to death by four assailants as she proceeded to her college. The motive for the murder as well as identity of killers was not immediately known.

Twenty one-year-old Monica Kirnapure was stabbed by four unidentified assailants in presence of many onlookers at Shree Nagar in Nandanwan. The culprits fled the place as the hapless victim lay on the ground for more than ten minutes in a pool of blood in a residential area where none came to her aid. The crime was witnessed by several residents and passers-by but in a shocking display of civic apathy, none of them made any effort to take the victim to a hospital.

Ultimately it was Umesh Authankar, a worker of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, who came forward and took the profusely bleeding Monica to Government Medical College and Hospital. It was too late. She succumbed to her injuries on way to hospital. Monica was declared brought dead at GMCH.

Monica, a native of Ramtek, had her breakfast at Pratibha Pawar Girls Hostel just opposite Nandanwan police station where she used to live. At about 10 am, she left for her college Shrimati Rajshri Mulak College of Engineering of Women situated in the campus of KDK College campus on Great Nag Road in Nandanwan. Though she had a bicycle, she often walked to her college as the distance is not much, said her uncle Praveen Pohankar, who works in city police’s bomb detection and disposal squad.

The attack took place while Monica was just a a short distance from her college. A student of third year electronics, Monica was actually talking with her mother Vandana on cellphone, giving her the news that she had topped the college in fifth semester when the killers struck. They came on a bike and attacked her from behind with a sharp weapon.

The residents said that though Monica was accompanied with a friend, the attackers threatened the friend at knifepoint and told her to leave the spot. “It all happened within minutes. Four youths came on bike. They stopped the girl and snatched her cellphone. She screamed but the youths stabbed her thrice and fled,” said an eyewitness.

The police said Monica suffered three serious stab injuries. One was on the right hand, one on left shoulder while the last and probably the fatal one was on the back of her neck. The knife was struck with such force that it penetrated through the bag with books that Monica carried on her back. “The weapon pierced through the bag and books and struck the neck with just its handle remaining outside,” said Umesh Authankar.

He added that the blade of the knife was embedded deep inside the neck and had it been removed she would have bled to death immediately. Umesh left it untouched and rushed her to GMCH. “Her dress was completely drenched in blood. It was difficult to know colour of her uniform,” he said.

A professor of her college who spoke to TOI said that Monica was a regular student with a good academic record. The college authorities were alerted by the residents and many of her teachers later rushed to GMCH. Though the cops are still clueless about the culprits, the residents said that they were four youths on two bikes and had their faces covered with scarves. One of them who removed the scarf was having long hair and was wearing a white shirt.

After the attack, two ran on foot in one direction while the other two fled on two bikes in opposite direction. “The two who were on bike were also seen washing their hands at the nearby hand pump,” said a resident. Monica’s mother Vandana, who was on phone, heard her daughter’s last scream before the call got disconnected. Though her mother tried calling again, no one picked up the phone. A worried Vandana then called up Monica’s aunt Prerna, who stays in the city, and asked her to check out.

“While I was on my way to her hostel, I got a call from Monica’s father that she had been taken to hospital and was serious,” said Prerna. The deceased’s friends did not share any information with cops as well as media. The hostel warden also refused to talk with the journalists. Cops from Nandanwan police station and senior police officers including CP Ankush Dhanvijay and Joint CP D Kanakaratnam reached the spot.

“We are still investigating the case. It looks as if this could be result of a one sided love affair. Since everybody including family members and friends are in a state of shock, they will be questioned later,” said senior police inspector of Nandanwan Murlidhar Burade. Some MNS workers later ransacked some classrooms of KDK college protesting her murder. The police have registered an offence against them.

Nagpur college girl’s killers get life term

June 02 2015 

copyright newsreporter.in

Nagpur, June 2 : The four killers of engineering student Monica Kirnapure, who was murdered because of mistaken identity on March 11, 2011, were sentenced to life in prison by a court here in Maharashtra on Tuesday.

Kunal Jaiswal, Pradeep Sahare, Umesh Marathe and Shrikant Sonekar were convicted for killing the 23-year-old Monica.

Special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam had demanded the death penalty for the accused, including a teacher, from additional sessions judge M.W. Chandwani.

“This is one of the rarest of rare cases. It is a serious case as the girl became a victim of mistaken identity,” Nikam told media persons after the verdict.

However, Sudip Jaiswal, the advocate for one of the accused, opposed the demand for the death penalty saying that hundreds of people are murdered and 400 cases are already pending, so how could this be termed as the ‘rarest of rare cases’.

Rameshwar Sonekar and Geeta Maldhure, two accomplices of the four convicts, were acquitted for lack of evidence.

Reacting to the verdict, the victim’s family said they were not satisfied and demanded the death sentence.

“Look at the condition of girls in India. The ‘Beti Bachao’ campaign is a farce. If we had any inkling this would happen to our daughter, we would have aborted her,” Monica’s father Dashrath and mother Vandana said in unison.

Both the prosecution and the defence plan to challenge the verdict before the Bombay High Court.

The killing of Monica had shaken Nagpur and the entire city had taken to the streets demanding justice for the victim.

Police subsequently arrested the accused and filed a 750-page chargesheet against them in June 2011.

According to investigators, the assailants were given a supari (contract) of Rs.1.40 lakh for the murder. They mistook Monica for another third year engineering student Rekha (not her real name) who studied in SRM College of Engineering for Women and lived in the same hostel.

Police said Rekha’s ex-boyfriend Kunal Jaiswal, a school teacher in Katol, wanted revenge after she spurned him and became close to another youth, who was already having an affair with another of Rekha’s friends.

However, Jaiswal’s name cropped up only after checking the call records of various girls in the hostel. A hostel inmate informed police that he used to call and seek details of Rekha’s whereabouts.

It was at this point that the police first suspected a case of mistaken identity and directed the investigations accordingly to finally crack the case.

While Rekha was the actual target, Monica became the victim as both had covered their faces to escape the early summer heat in Nagpur.

Monica was stabbed at least 10 times in Shreenagar area of Nandanvan with such force that the knife remained embedded in her body.

The probe revealed that Jaiswal gave the impression that he was ready to accept the break-up with Rekha and even demanded an amount of Rs.14,000 she owed him.

However, he gave a ‘supari’ to Sahare, Marathe and Sonekar and another unknown person to eliminate her.

On the day of the killing, he was in Katol but kept in touch with Sahare and others via telephone as they waited for Rekha near the hostel that morning.

But unknown to them, Rekha had already left the hostel at 9 a.m. and the attack on Monica took place two hours later.

Nagpur girl murder: Killers mistook her for ‘target’ – Monica Kirnapure murder case

copyright Indian Express Newspaper, Indian Express News Service

Twenty days after the daylight murder of 21-year-old engineering student Monica Kirnapure in the city, the Nagpur police have claimed to have cracked the case and arrested a youth from a local slum. And shockingly, initial probe has established it to be a case of mistaken identity.The police arrested Shrikant Sonekar, a member of the gang of contract killers that stabbed Monica several times with a dagger in full public view on March 11 when she was heading for her SRM College of Engineering here, on Thursday. “Sonekar has unravelled the entire plot and it is surmised now that they had been given the job of killing another girl of the college, who, incidentally, was Monica’s friend, but ended up killing Monica instead,” senior police officials said on Friday.

“The two girls had similar personalities, a reason for killers mistaking the identity of their target,” the officials said.

The police had deputed a few women police officers, one of them specially called from Chandrapur, at the college hostel from where some information kept trickling. The police had also simultaneously got a cyber expert police officer to track thousands of calls that originated or terminated in the local mobile tower’s range.

“There were about one lakh such calls serviced by 13 companies. But we had got some information from our sleuths in the hostel that one of the girls had been talking frequently to a youth on mobile. We concentrated on her calls and tracked the youth, who was brought to Nandanwan police station for interrogation. The girl was also interrogated. They, however, didn’t reveal anything clinching, but agreed that they had been in touch,” a senior police officer said.

“The calls revealed that the youth often asked the girl about another girl, as regards her time of going to college and the road taken, etc,” he added. “It was this another girl who was his target. He apparently had befriended the girl but the girl had later parted ways, which angered him. The girl also conceded she once had friendship with Kunal. An angry Kunal gave a contract to a gang from Narkhed to kill her. One of the four gang members, Pradeep, knew which girl had to be killed. But as it turned out, he failed to identify her and they ended up killing a wrong target,” he further said.

Police on Friday arrested Kunal and Pradeep. The three accused have been remanded in police custody till April 7. The police are on the hunt for two others.

Nagpur: Four get life term in 2011 ‘mistaken identity’ murder

The main conspirator in the case, Kunal Jaiswal, had hired the two assailants to kill a different girl who had refused to marry him.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: June 3, 2015 2:57 am

Nagpur murder, nagpur murder case, murde nagpur, monica murder case, nagpur monica murder, monica murder nagpur, nagpur news, india news, indian expressPolice searched the house and found the body in a bathroom on the ground floor.

A Nagpur court Tuesday sentenced four convicts to life imprisonment in the sensational Monika Kirnapure murder case of 2011, while two other accused, charged with destruction of evidence, were discharged for lack of evidence.

Monika, a third year student of engineering, was stabbed to death by two assailants on a busy city road on March 10, 2011, when she was going to Rajashritai Mulak College of Engineering in Nagpur’s Nandanwan locality from her hostel. It later turned out that it was a case of mistaken identity as the main conspirator in the case, Kunal Jaiswal, had hired the two assailants to kill a different girl who had refused to marry him. Monika had covered her face with a dupatta as protection against the scorching sun and was talking to her mother on the phone when she was attacked. The accused had stabbed her from the back and fled.


With the incident causing a huge public outcry, the state government had appointed special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam to plead the case on behalf of the government. Nikam had argued that the main conspirator, Kunal Jaiswal, believed in “love me or quit the world” idea and was a “sex-starved wolf”. “Jaiswal, a teacher in a Katol school, betrayed extreme depravity by asking the girl (who he actually intended to kill) to spend a night with him. It was extremely cruel for a teacher to have done that,” Nikam had also said, urging the court to send Jaiswal and two of the “professional murderers” to the gallows.

Sessions Judge M W Chandwani, however, sentenced Jaiswal, his co-conspirator Pradip Sahare and two hired killers Shrikant Sonekar and Umesh Marathe to life imprisonment citing their “young age and lack of past criminal record” as reasons to reject Nikam’s plea for death sentence. Two other accused, Rameshwar Sonekar and Geeta Maldure, were acquitted for lack of evidence against the charge of destruction of evidence.

Jaiswal has also been directed to pay a compensation of Rs 1 lakh to Monika’s parents. Residents of Ramtek town, Monica’s parents Dasharath and Vandana Kirnapure expressed displeasure at the convicts not being sentenced to death.

Nikam told The Indian Express, “The convicts deserved death penalty for the heinous crime. We will move the higher court to challenge the quantum of punishment.”



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