A person from Jabalpur has been arrested in the murder case of Nagpur-BJP functionary Sana alias Heena Khan, who went missing on August 1, 2023.
The accused who has been identified as Amit Sahu alias Pappu has confessed to the crime.
The accused Amit Sahu killed the BJP leader and threw her body in Hiran river. The BJP leader had reached Jabalpur from Nagpur on August 1.
The accused, Amit Sahu alias Pappu, was arrested along with two others by the Nagpur police from the Ghora Bazar area of Jabalpur in the adjoining state, ten days after Khan, a Nagpur BJP minority cell functionary, went missing, he said.
Accused was know to BJP functionary
Nagpur DCP (Zone 2) Rahul Madne claimed Sahu, the prime accused in the case who was known to the 34-year-old victim, has “confessed” to kidnapping and killing Khan.
He also showed the murder spot to the police, but the victim’s body has not been recovered yet, said the officer. A motive was not immediately clear.
The role of the two other persons arrested along with Sahu, who runs a ‘dhaba’ (roadside eatery) in Jabalpur, in the crime was not disclosed by the police.
The Nagpur police team that arrested the trio has left for the city in eastern Maharashtra and will produce the accused in a local court on Saturday.
Khan’s mother Mehrunisha, a resident of Awasthi Nagar here, lodged a complaint when her daughter went missing after leaving for Jabalpur on August 1 to meet Sahu, the police have said.
Based on her complaint, an FIR (first information report) was lodged at the Mankapur police station here against Sahu, who was booked under IPC sections 364 (kidnapping or abducting in order to murder) and 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation), they said.
According to the FIR, Khan left from Nagpur in a private bus and contacted her mother the next day on reaching Jabalpur. Later she went missing.
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