Published: August 21, 2018 1:20:52 AM
An important eyewitness of the murders of Keenan Santos and Reuben Fernandes in Amboli in 2011 was found dead in Andheri East on Monday. The victim, Avinash Solanki, was found dead in an office owned by his partner Nilesh Shukla.
Solanki (40) was the complainant in the Keenan-Reuben murder case and also an important witness in the trial, which ended in 2016 with four accused persons sentenced to life imprisonment. All four men filed an appeal against the verdict, which is pending before the Supreme Court of Bombay.
In 2011, Solanki was part of a group dinner with Keenan, his girlfriend Priyanka, Fernandes & # 39; brother Benjamin and two other women in a restaurant in Amboli when a group of men made obnoxious comments to the women. As the men chased away the group, they later returned and Keenan and Ruben attacked with knives, which resulted in their death.
Solanki, who also wore the name Avinash Bali, was primarily a police informant. He reportedly helped his friend Nilesh Shukla with his import activities. Shukla is the owner of Ravindra Impex, a company that specializes in medicines, supplements and cosmetics, and has its office in Andheri East.
The police said that the body of Solanki was found at 2.40 am in the office of Shukla on Monday. "The AC was switched on, so the body had not dissolved much," said Navinchandra Reddy, DCP (Zone X). The police are looking for Shukla, who has not been seen since Friday, he added.
The police believe that two men have put Solanki several times in the head, stomach and genitals. His body was taken to the Cooper Hospital for a postmortem and later transferred to his family. The police said that Solanki lived alone in Andheri West and was last seen by his older brother Dilip Solanki on Friday night. "He had given my children and me a ride when he got a call from Shukla, he left and said he would come back soon," Dilip said. When Solanki did not come home that evening and his phone was found, Dilip filed a missing person's complaint with the police.
Keenan's father Valerian Santos said when he contacted: "I only saw Avinash (Solanki) when he would come home at Christmas." Shukla lost the Assembly elections at Mungra Badshahpur in the UP & # 39; s Jaunpur district on a Shiv Sena ticket in 2017. According to the police, there have been investigations so far that the murder of Solanki was the result of a personal dispute. "Shukla is a suspect, we are also investigating if there is a love corner," said an officer.
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