Kumod Jha’s shocking death : Accident or murder, still not cleared


Kandivli resident property dealer Kumod Jha died accidentally or murdered for a purpose, still not cleared in the media reports. Case which was closed initially, reopened by Mumbai police after a letter wrote to Rakesh Maria, Commissioner of Mumbai Police by deceased mother Nirmala Devi from Forbesganj Bihar. Four held for murder of 45-year-old man, after 20-day of victim family’s rigorous struggle for justice, Mumbai police came into action and these arrests were done, all media reports for your ready reference are given here under.   

Four held for murder of 45-year-old man: PTI

Press Trust of India | Mumbai
August 22, 2015 Last Updated at 18:48 IST

Four persons were today arrested by the Crime Branch for the alleged murder of a 45-year-old man in suburban Kandivali last month, which was earlier closed by the local police terming it as a case of accidental death.


The four accused — Jitesh Ramesh Rathod alias Pappu (32), Amit Kailas Patel (28) and Vinod Raju Jain (28) and Hardik Vijay Vaze (25) were arrested in connection with the murder of Kumod Jha (45), police said.

Kumod had been attacked by the four accused, whom he knew, after an altercation with them at a bar on July 27. The victim later succumbed to his injuries in a Kandivali hospital. The local police had filed a case of accidental death and closed the case, a senior police officer said.

The case was, however, reopened after the victim’s mother contacted city police commissioner Rakesh Maria.

“Although the case was closed by the police, victim’s mother Nirmala Jha, a resident of Bihar, was not convinced. She dashed off an e-mail to Rakesh Maria, who in turn alerted Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Atul Chandra Kulkarni, following which, Unit 11 of Crime Branch swung into action and nabbed the accused,” the officer said.

Senior police inspector of Crime Branch Unit 11, Chimaji Adhav said, “We received the complainant’s e-mail on August 18 and immediately approached Kumod’s wife. She informed us that the accused had an heated argument with her husband on July 27. She named a few accused as well.”

The owner of the bar, where the accused and the victim had an altercation, gave some inputs in the case, based on which we apprehended the four accused, he said adding that they would be produced in court tomorrow.

“How the victim was murdered and what was the exact motive behind it, would be disclosed after we get the custody of the accused,” Adhav said.

Police have booked the accused under sections of IPC, including 302 (murder), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace) and 34 (common intention).

Jitesh Rathod had previously served a jail term in a murder case and had come out of prison recently.

The officer said they would also inquire as to why local police did not act “professionally” in the case and pursue the matter before closing it.

Murder, not accident, mum sends e-mail to cops from Bihar

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MUMBAI: Nearly a month after a 45-year-old realtor’s death in Kandivli was registered as an ‘accidental death’ case, a recent e-mail sent by his mother to the crime branch of Mumbai police has led to the arrest of four.

Property dealer Kumod Jha died on July 27. It was a minor tiff with four strangers that had blown up, said a police officer, when Jha and a friend had gone for a drink that day. While leaving the bar, Jha’s accidentally brushed past a man who was with his friends. This led to a tiff and one of the four allegedly pushed Jha, injuring his head.

Later that night when Jha got home, he threw up blood. He died at Shatabdi Hospital.

Jha’s mother Nirmaladevi, who later learnt about the tiff with the strangers, recently had an e-mail sent to the crime branch, about her son being murdered. Here, the crime branch took over. Deputy commissioner Dhananjay Kulkarni said they got footage of the spot where the tiff took place, leading to the arrest of the four men.

—Mateen Hafeez (TOI)


Mumbai Mirror | Aug 23, 2015, 12.10 AM IST

Mumbai Mirror Bureau

Kandivali resident Kumodh Jha died in July and the cops filed an accidental death report, saying he slipped and his head hit a rock. A month later, the Crime Branch investigation revealed he was killed in a drunken brawl.

The Crime Branch on Friday arrested four people in connection with the murder of a 45-year-old Kandivali resident in July. The Kandivali police had filed an accidental death report, but investigation by the Crime Branch revealed the victim was killed in a drunken brawl.

Those arrested have been identified as Hardik Vaze, 25, Jitesh Rathod, 32, Amit Patel, 28, and Vinod Jain, 28, all resident of Kandivali, who allegedly thrashed the victim, Kumodh Jha, who died on July 27. The Crime Branch took up the investigation after Jha’s mother Nirmala sent an email to Police Commissioner Rakesh Maria, saying she suspected her son had been killed.

According to police, Jha was brought home unconscious late on July 26, and died at Shatabdi Hospital the next day. Senior Inspector Chimmaji Adhav from the Crime Branch Unit 11 said, “Jha’s friend had brought him home that night. He, along with the victim’s wife, tried taking him to hospital but couldn’t find a taxi or an auto. One of the auto drivers refused to take Jha to the police station as he had vomited while getting in the rickshaw.”

The two then managed to halt a police vehicle which was patrolling the area, and Jha was brought to Shatabdi Hospital. The Kandivali police recorded the statement of the two and said that Jha, in an inebriated state, fell and hit his head on a rock. An accidental death report was registered.

The Crime Branch began investigating the case a month after the incident. “We spoke to the victim’s wife and the friend, and found that he had visited Samrudhi restaurant in Kandivali (W). After questioning a few people there, we learnt that he had got into a fight with a group that night,” Adhav said.

The police further learnt that the four accused beat up Jha after the latter accidentally bumped into one of them. Adhav added that one of the accused, Jitesh Rathod, was convicted in a murder case and was released from jail six months ago, after completing a 10-year sentence. “The four men have been booked for murder. We have a watertight case following a thorough probe,”an officer said.


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