The Telegraph
Since 1st March, 1999
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Missing mobile clue to woman murder

The missing cellphone of Gunjan Tanwani, the 25-year-old housewife of a businessman family who was found murdered in a highrise on VIP Road, has become a focal point for the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) probe. The sleuths have collected the call statement of the phone and are now tracing some phone numbers.

“The number of Gunjan’s cellphone is our only lead. We are screening the last calls made from or received by the phone,” said a CID official.

Gunjan was gagged and slashed to death. Her body was found in front of the toilet. Police recovered some plumbing tools and a blood-stained shirt from the room.

After going through the call statement, the investigators found that a call was received shortly before 7 pm — the time when the murder is suspected to have taken place. “The number from where the call was made was known to the Tanwani family,” said an official.

Officials of the local Baguiati police station, who are conducting a parallel probe, have found that the woman was not murdered in front of the toilet. “She was gagged in the bedroom and the assassin dumped her body in front of the toilet,” said an officer.

Basudeb Bag, superintendent of police, North 24-Parganas, said a business dispute in the victim’s family might have led to the incident. “Gunjan’s husband Ramesh was facing problems at work.”

Police are interrogating the family’s domestic help. “We have prepared a list of the local plumbers. They will be brought before the maid so that she can identify the person who entered Tanwani’s flat,” said an official of Baguiati police station.

Swindler netted: Pradeep Kumar Choudhury, 52, was arrested on Saturday on charges of cheating a shopowner of JL Nehru Street, posing as a civic inspector. “He has confessed to his crime,” said an officer of New Market police station.

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