Siddharth Kiran Sanghvi, Vice-president of HDFC Bank had gone missing under mysterious circumstances from his Kamala Mills office in Mumbai on Wednesday last week.
Sanghvi, who stayed with his wife and a four-year-old son at Malabar Hill, had not returned home on Wednesday. He had left for office at 08:30am that day. His car was found abandoned the next day in Navi Mumbai with blood stains on the seat which forced police to register a missing complaint at Mumbai’s NM Joshi Marg police station. A case of abduction was also registered subsequently.
“We have checked his call data record and found his last location at Kamala Mill. As his wife could not reach him till 10 pm, she came to the police station and registered a missing complaint on Wednesday itself,” officer had then concluded.
Mumbai City Police today made a breakthrough in the disappearance of the HDFC Bank employee, as reported by Mumbai Mirror. A CCTV in Lower Parel’s Kamala Mills compound had captured him walking out of his office towards the parking lot where his car was parked. The police have not ruled out him being murdered in the same parking lot.
“He left for work at his usual time… and we have learnt that he left office around 7.30 pm. We could see him walking out of his branch but we could not locate his car while leaving the Kamala Mill premises on any CCTV camera,” said a police officer.
The police also said that Sanghvi’s phone was switched off before he left Kamala Mill premises.
A 20-year-old man has been arrested in connection with Sanghvi’s disappearance. It is being reported that the accused has confessed to murdering the banker. Sources confirmed to a leading newspaper daily, that not only has the accused took onus for the murder but has also narrated to the police how he dumped Sanghvi’s body before leaving his car in Navi Mumbai.
The twist in the tale is that the accused who had been identified as a labourer, was hired to murder the banker. As quoted by Mirror Now, that the 20-year-old is one of the four people detained in connection with the case. In a shocking revelation, they further said that a colleague of Sanghvi, jealous of the deceased’s recent promotion, hired the contract killer.
However, Sanghvi’s body is yet to be recovered. Family members of the missing banker along with senior police officials were seen going to the NM Joshi Marg police station where Sanghvi’s wife registered a missing person complaint on Wednesday. The family have been unable to identify the accused who is currently being interrogated.
On Saturday, Navi Mumbai police found Sanghvi’s car, a Maruti Suzuki Ignis near a residential building in Koparkhairane. Upon inspection, police officers found traces of blood in the rear seat of the banker’s car. They also recovered a knife from the vehicle, said officials with the Airoli police.
“We had sent a wireless messages to all police stations across Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and Thane. Accordingly, the Airoli police informed us after they found Sanghvi’s Maruti Ignis car,” said the officer.