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NRI's fight to find mum's killers ends
Monday, October 03, 2005 | Front page
Online campaign succeeds in netting three who murdered doc for property
Canada-based NRI Sanjay Goel (35) has finally 'netted' his mother Asha Goel's killers. After his repeated visits to Mumbai had been of no help in finding those who murdered doctor Asha Goel at her brother's flat at Malabar Hill in August 2003, Sanjay had launched a virtual hunt. He started a website - www.ashagoel.ca - to demand quick action from the cops, offered a reward of Rs 10 lakh to anyone who gave him information on the crime and even submitted an online petition to the Canadian government urging it to compel the Indian government to solve the case.
His campaign has now ended. Manohar Mahadev Shinde (50), Pavankumar Satyanarayan Goyank (43) and Narendra Ghanshyamdas Goel (43) were arrested by unit-II of the Mumbai police crime branch (unit-2) on Saturday for his mother's murder.
Narendra is Asha's brother Suresh Agarwal's son-in-law, while Goyank was one of his ex-employees.
Investigators believe that the motive behind the murder was the Little Lodge guesthouse in Bhuleshwar, which Asha Goel owned and which her brother's son-in-law and his accomplices wanted.
Pradeep Parab, manager of Agarwal's guesthouse who was the first to be arrested in the case in September 2003, had named Asha Goel's brother too. Suresh Agarwal, though, died a natural death from paralysis.
Sanjay, who owns a cruise company in Canada, had been in constant touch with the investigators and kept himself updated on the latest developments.
Whenever necessary, he also came down to Mumbai to meet the deputy chief minister, the police commissioner and the police officers at Malabar Hill police station to assist in the probe.
Hearing of the arrests, Sanjay, currently on a business trip to Italy, said: "Today is the 768th day since the crime happened. My faith in the Mumbai crime branch has been justified. I put in a lot of effort to put an end to the mystery of my mother's murder."
Asked who he would give the promised Rs 10 lakh reward to, he said: "The money will go to the person who plays a vital role in securing the conviction of the accused. The police have only arrested the killers now. There is still a lot to do before the case is closed."
• On August 24, 2003 Asha was found dead in her Sudhakar Co-opHsg Society flat at Dabholkar Marg, Malabar Hill. Suresh informed the Malabar Hill police. A case was registered.
• In September 2003, Malabar Hill police arrested Pradeep Parab, a friend of one of the maidservants, but the case remained unsolved
• On October 1, 2005, the cops finally arrested the murderers