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NRI sets up fund for mum's killers

Saturday, July 16, 2005 | Front page

 

Danish Khan

 

•  Sets up website to conduct 'probe'

•  Offers Rs 10 lakh as reward for info

•  Wants Canadian govt. to pressure India

 

Dr. Asha GoelCanada-based NRI Sanjay Goel (35) is determined to 'net' his mother's killers. After his repeated visits to Mumbai yielded no results in finding out the murderers, the NRI has now decided to launch a virtual hunt and has started a website offering a reward of Rs 10 lakh to anyone who gives him information about the crime. The website - www.ashagoel.ca - has email ids that enable anyone with information to post information online.Sixty-two-year-old Goel was found brutally murdered at her brother Sureshchandra Agarwal's flat at Malabar Hill in August 2003. She had come to Mumbai to see her brother as he was not keeping well. Goel was struck on the head, and her jaw was broken. She was stabbed repeatedly and also blinded. While five people were sleeping in the house at the time of the incident, none of them heard anything. The only arrest made was that of Pradeep Parab, a manager at Agarwal's guest house at Bhuleshwar. Parab later named Agarwal himself as the chief conspirator. However, just days after Parab's confession, Agarwal died of old age. Later, even Parab was released from jail. The case was initially with Malabar Hill police, and after no breakthrough happened, it was taken over by the state CID. Sanjay and other members of the family had to come to Mumbai often to follow up on the case. But with no leads yet, they decided to put up a website. The site carries all media stories about the murder and also makes an appeal for signatures on a petition 'urging the government of Canada to compel the Indian government to solve this case'. Dr Asha Goel was an obstetrician and gynaecologist. She was a Canadian citizen.