Saraswati Vaidya of age 34, bought a Rs 4,000 chainsaw the same day in their Mira Road rented flat and began slicing the body, which he then pressure boiled and roasted on the gas stove.
Police have recovered the victim’s legs and two bags of cooked body parts.
The blood-stained 200-volt electric chainsaw, as well as the bill of purchase from a hardware store in Bhayander (East), have been seized.
Sane also purchased a tile cutter equipment for Rs 1,000, which has been retrieved. However, Naya Nagar police are still looking into which weapon was used in the crime.Sane, who lost his employment at a ration shop after its licence was revoked last month, reportedly told investigators that Vaidya, an orphan who did not work, died after swallowing poison, and he panicked and tried to dispose of the body by chopping it into pieces.
Residents of the seven-story Geeta Akashdeep cooperative housing society in Geeta Nagar complained on Wednesday about an intolerable stench originating from flat number 704, which Sane rented three years ago. They called the cops because, despite telling Sane about the stench and questioning him about its source on Wednesday, he did not handle the “issue” and instead went around wearing a mask.
Two plastic buckets, a plastic tub and a brass pan containing boiled and roasted body parts were found in the flat. Police said the body parts were chopped in the common bathroom and pressure cooked and roasted in the kitchen. The legs were the last waiting to be chopped and cooked, they said. Three bags full of body parts cut into fine pieces have been collected and sent to J J Hospital for examination.