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Valentine’s Day murder: Jinaraj stole identity of friend who sheltered him


AHMEDABAD: After successfully evading police for at least 15 years, an accused will get trapped in his own game of modified identities. Tarun Jinaraj, now 42, who allegedly murdered his wife Sajni Nair (23) on Valentine’s Day in 2003, used to be in November 2011 accused of dishonest in an FIR filed by his good friend, Pravin Bhateley, who alleged that Jinaraj had adopted his id to evade arrest.

An legit investigating the case mentioned that Bhateley, a bodily coaching teacher in Bhopal, had filed a criticism of dishonest, forgery and growing solid paperwork towards Jinaraj at TT Nagar police station in Bhopal in November 2018. In his remark ahead of the police, Bhateley mentioned that he used to be neither acutely aware of Jinaraj’s offence nor his aim behind the usage of the stolen id.


Jinaraj allegedly murdered his wife at their home in Bopal. After strangling her, he cooked up a tale about robbers breaking into their area and killing Sajni while stealing valuables. Jinaraj fled to Bhopal in April 2003, two months after the murder and began educating English at Bhateley’s place of job in Bhopal and likewise began the usage of Bhateley’s id as his own.


Bhateley used to be Jinaraj’s senior at their BPEd college, and so Jinaraj discovered it conducive to hide at his place. He approached Bhateley pronouncing he used to be in dire need of a job.


Bhateley then asked him to teach English at his tuition class in Bhopal. Once hired, Jinaraj got get entry to to Bhateley’s paperwork and he scanned and emailed them to himself. Later, he escaped to Pune ahead of settling down in Bangalore where he started operating with an IT firm, until his arrest in October 2018 by Ahmedabad police.




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