RAJKOT: City-based educationist and an active BJP member, who runs two schools and a college in the city, has turned out to be the killer of his 50-year-old paramour whose decomposed body was found in a water stream near Kankot village on September 5.
On Friday, Rajkot taluka police arrested the prime accused Shantilal Viradia (55), who is also an active BJP member, for allegedly killing Heena Mehta with whom he had illicit relationship for the last four years. Police said that the brutal crime was a fall-out of their relationship gone sour over Heena’s constant demand for money and a residential flat.
Along with Viradia, police also arrested Vijayrai Shriadhyarai (40), a native of Uttar Pradesh and a murder accused, who was roped in for the crime.
Viradia is the former convener of district BJP’s education cell, police source said. He runs two schools – Karmayogi Education School and Vande Matram School besides Creation College, all in Mayaninagar locality of Mavdi.
During interrogation, Viradia said that he and Heena had been into a relationship for the past four years. Heena used to work as clerk in one of Viradia’s school in Karmayogi School from 2002 to 2004. In 2007, Heena’s husband Rajesh died but their relationship continued.
“Over a period of time, Viradia got fed up of Heena’s persistent demands for more money, a two-wheeler and a flat. She also insisted on him leaving his family and start living with her. This drove him to plot her murder,” said Manoharsinh , deputy commissioner of police (DCP).
As Viradia could not muster courage to commit the crime alone, he sought help from Vijayrai who was jailed in a murder case seven years ago. Viradia knew Vijayrai as the latter had done the work of Plaster of Paris in his school. He was out on bail in a 2007 murder case.
“On September 3, Viradia called Heena at Karmayogi school. They took her her to a construction site owned by Viradia, situated opposite the school. Here Viradia grabbed her and Vjiayrai strangled her to death with a rope. They dumped the body in the bathroom. On the same night, the duo returned to dispose off the body which they carried in a car and threw in the stream between Mavdi and Kankot villages,” said Jadeja.
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