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Crime Patrol: Techie murder: Prime accused held in Kolkata (Episode 602, 603 on 21st November, 2015)

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Chennai, Tamil Nadu - Feb, 2019:

Prime accused in TCS employee murder case arrested near Kolkata

Police have arrested Ujjal Mandal, the prime accused in the murder of TCS employee Uma Maheshwari, on Wednesday from a train near Kolkata. Uma was found dead on February 22, nine days after she went missing on her way from work in Siruseri. The arrest was made after two other accused, Uttam Mandal and Ram Mandal of Malda district in West Bengal, were caught by the police based on their confession.

The accused said they were drinking when they saw Uma walking down the road, and first intended to rob her. But they dragged her into the bushes and sexually assaulted her before stabbing her to death. Uttam Mandal tried to use Uma's credit card to withdraw cash at an ATM kiosk at Siruseri but failed as he didn't know the PIN. The accused later bought clothes at a textile shop with the credit card, and their images were captured by a CCTV camera at the shop.

Using an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) was probably the smartest thing CB-CID did while investigating the case. Based on visual inputs, investigators combed the area for clues. One policeman found a red thread entangled in a thorny bush which later turned out to be from the shirt of an accused. Another team reached an ATM from where they got a CCTV grab that proved that one of the culprits had tried to draw money using a credit card stolen from the girl. This was the first time a UAV was used for crime investigation in the state.


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