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‘Having sold Delhi bungalow,Kwatra was flush with money’

The MHB police officers investigating the murder case of Navraj Kwatra,the 65-year-old son of noted Punjabi writer Amrita Pritam,have learnt that he had a huge bank balance following the sale of one of the family’s three ancestral properties in Delhi.

The MHB police officers investigating the murder case of Navraj Kwatra,the 65-year-old son of noted Punjabi writer Amrita Pritam,have learnt that he had a huge bank balance following the sale of one of the family’s three ancestral properties in Delhi. Kwatra was killed in his studio apartment near LIC Colony in Borivali (West) by two men on Friday.

Kwatra’s wife Alka told the police that he owned three ancestral bungalows worth crores in Delhi. In 2011,Kwatra had decided to shift his base to Mumbai. The couple had sold one of their three bungalows last year for Rs 15 crore and bought three flats in Andheri. The rest of the cash was deposited in his bank account.

The police said Kwatra’s family was counted as affluent.

“Kwatra had kept Rs 50,000 at his house and the rest of the cash was in his bank account. It is possible that Kwatra leaked the information about the bungalow deal,following which the two men might have come to rob him,” said a police officer. “The two,however,panicked when Kwatra screamed and left the Rs 20,000 which they had found near the body and fled,” added the officer.

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Another line of investigation the police are studying involves a woman. The police officers have found phone numbers of more than 300 women on Kwatra’s mobile phone. “It will take us time to scan and contact each woman. We have found that Kwatra had photos of all the 300 women in office,” the officer said.

The police had questioned Kwatra’s assistant,but as of now,they do not suspect his involvement. “Kwatra’s assistant was at their Andheri office at the time of the murder. This has been corroborated by an AC mechanic who was present with the assistant,” said the officer.

On Friday at 12.30 pm,the MHB police officers were informed by Kwatra’s neighbour that two men entered his flat in Wilderness Apartments. He had converted the apartment into a photo studio. A senior citizen himself,the neighbour heard Kwatra’s shouts for help. He rushed to the flat and rang the doorbell several times,but nobody answered. The minute the neighbour ran to the rear of the building,the two accused,who police suspect were waiting for the senior citizen to go,fled from the main door. Kwatra was found lying on the floor with hands and legs tied. He was taken to a hosptial,where he was declared dead.

First published on: 19-09-2012 at 03:47:01 am
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