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'The response is tremendous'
Wednesday, July 20, 2005 | City
Says Sanjay Goel after Mumbai Mirror story on website he set up to find mom's killer
On July 16, Mumbai Mirror had published an article about Sanjay Goel's efforts to bring his mother Dr Asha Goel's killers to book. Since then, 3,150 people have signed the petition (pleading with the Canadian government to pressurise the Indian government into doing something about the case) and 80 people have e-mailed Sanjay sending condolences and sympathy messages. Interestingly, he also received 20 e-mails from people suggesting he pay them first before they provide him with any information."I thank Mumbai Mirror for publishing the article and creating awareness. I have received a tremendous response from Indians and you all have supported me in a big way," said Sanjay. The website www.ashagoel.ca that was launched recently enables anyone with information to post it online. Apart from this, Sanjay has even decided to launch a hunt and is offering a reward of Rs 10 lakh to anyone with information about the crime.
The brutal murder
Sixty-two-year-old Dr Asha Goel was found brutally murdered at her brother Sureshchandra Agarwal's flat at Malabar Hill in August 2003. She had come to Mumbai to visit her brother as he had been unwell. Dr Asha had been struck on the head, and her jaw broken. She was also repeatedly stabbed and blinded. When the Agarwals were informed about the murder by a maidservant, they called the Malabar Hill police. Initially, Agarwal told the police that robbery was the motive behind the murder after it was discovered that Dr Asha's gold ring and Rs 1.20 lakh was missing from her house. However, since the culprit seemed to have gained entry into the house without a struggle, police suspected the involvement of someone Dr Asha knew. During the course of investigations, the maidservants and building watchman told police that Pradeep Parab, a manager at Agarwal's guest house at Bhuleshwar had visited Dr Asha the evening of the murder. He was taken into custody for investigations.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.
3,150 People have signed the petition (pleading withthe Canadian government to pressurise the Indian government into doing something about the case)
80 People have e-mailed Sanjay sending condolences and sympathy messages
20 People have sent him emails suggesting he pay them first before they provide any information