BJP leader, his three sons held for killing woman inspired by ‘Drishyam’ plot


Indore: Five persons, including a BJP leader and his three sons, have been arrested for allegedly on charges of killing a 22-year-old woman two years ago.

Police claimed that the murder plot was inspired by the 2015 Bollywood film ‘Drishyam’.

In a statement to the media persons, Indore Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Harinarayanchari Mishra said, “BJP leader Jagdish Karotiya alias Kallu Pahlwan (65), his three sons Ajay (36), Vijay (38), Vinay (31) and their associate Neelesh Kashyap (28) were arrested in connection with the murder of Twinkle Dagre (22), a resident of Banganga area.”

“Dagre was allegedly having an illicit relationship with Jagdish Karotiya and this was causing trouble in the latter’s family,” Mishra said, adding that due to family discord, Karotiya and his sons plotted to kill Twinkle Dagre. They strangulated her on October 16, 2016, and later burnt her body.

The accused were arrested after police recovered a bracelet and other ornaments from the place where the woman’s body was burnt, the DIG said.

Mishra also told reporters that the accused had watched the film Drishyam before planning the murder. In order to mislead police investigation, they buried the body of a dog at a different place which was exhumed by the police.

Mishra said a scientific approach was adopted in order to solve the case and Brain Electrical Oscillation Signature (BEOS) test was conducted on Karotiya and his two sons in a Gujarat laboratory. This was the first time the BEOS test was conducted in a criminal incident in Indore, he claimed.

BEOS profiling is a non-invasive, neuro-psychological technique of interrogation, sometimes referred to as ‘brain fingerprinting’, in which a suspect’s participation in crime is detected by eliciting electrophysiological impulses.

Meanwhile, the deceased’s family has alleged that Karotiya was given police patronage at the behest of a former BJP MLA.

When asked about this, the DIG said no evidence has been found regarding the role of the former MLA. Further investigation is underway, he said.

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