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Neeraj Grover: Sad tale of betrayal
Posted by PSingh on 03 November, 2011
Maria Susairaj has come out from the high walls of Mumbai's Arthur Road jail even though she was convicted in the gruesome murder of young lad Neeraj Grover. In a bone-chilling gory act, she was hand in glove with her boy-friend Emile in executing the murder.
An extremely handsome lad from Kanpur,Neeraj Grover went missing on May 6,2008. The arrest of Maria Monica Susayraj and boyfriend laid bare the horror the 27-year-old creative head of Synergy Adlabs went through in his last moments. It was a shocking tale of betrayal, jealousy, and murder that has shocked Mumbai as well as Urban India.
She wanted to be a star. After a brief stint in Kannada movies, Maria moved to Mumbai to try her luck in tele-serials. She met Grover during a visit to one of the television houses.The two stayed in touch through SMS. Susayraj even stayed at GroverÃ¢ÂÂs Andheri apartment for a few days before moving into her new flat in Dheeraj Solitaire building at Malad.
Police say Grover was helping Susayraj to establish a foothold in the television industry and had arranged an audition for her in an upcoming serial. But Susayraj's proximity to Grover did not go down well with her boyfriend Emile Jerome Matthew.
The fateful night Grover visited Susayraj at 10pm at her Malad home. Maria had ecently shifted to her new apartment and Grover said he had come to help her settle in. Moments later, Matthew called Maria on her cell phone and was angry to hear a male voice in the background. Maria, who had earlier told Matthew that Grover had a crush on her, but that she didnÃ¢ÂÂt reciprocate his feelings, told him that Grover had come over to help her move into the new house. Matthew told her not to allow Grover to stay overnight and ended the call. Little did Maria knowthat her decision to allow Grover to stay on with her would change their lives for ever.
Matthew arrived unannounced At 7:30am the next day, Susayraj was surprised to see Matthew at the door. The lieutenant was furious when he saw the naked Grover in Maria'sÃ¢ÂÂs bedroom. The two men had a heated argument after which Matthew grabbed a kitchen knife and stabbed Grover. He collapsed and died. The watchman saw them around 11am, Maria went to the nearby Hypercity mall and bought two bags, a bottle of air-freshener, window drapes, bed-sheets, and a bread knife on MatthewÃ¢ÂÂs instructions.
Matthew carried the body into the kitchen and allegedly chopped it into pieces, while Maria stuffed them into the bags. They also dumped the bloodstained clothes, bed-sheet, and window drapes in one of the bags along with the bread knife.
Maria then called up her choreographer friend Kiran Shreyas and told him that she needed to borrow his car. Once they got the car, she and Matthew dumped the body bag in the vehicleÃ¢ÂÂs dicky. The buildingÃ¢ÂÂs watchman saw them do this. Around 4:30 pm, they drove towards Manor in
Thane district. They also bought two bottles of petrol at Bhayander.
After reaching a jungle near Amgaon village in Manor, they poured petrol on the bags and set them ablaze. They returned to Mumbai around 9:30pm. The loopholes in their story Police found several discrepancies in SusayrajÃ¢ÂÂs statements. She initially told them that she had borrowed the car from MatthewÃ¢ÂÂs friend Jitesh. But her lie was caught soon when the police questioned
Jitesh. Susayraj then told the police that the car belonged to her friend Shreyas.
The police also took the statement of the watchman of Dheeraj Solitaire, who told the police that he had seen Susayraj along with a man (Matthew) put some bags in the car. After sustained interrogation over 10 days, Susayraj broke down and confessed. She was arrested,
followed by Matthew.
The near goof-up Soon after Grover went missing, Susayraj accompanied his friends to the Malad police station to register a missing complaint. Matthew chose to stay in the apartment. The Malad police asked Maria some basic details, after which she went home. GroverÃ¢ÂÂs father Amarnath also requested the crime branch to look into the matter.
On May 8, Matthew was called for questioning by the Malad police. He told them he had come to Mumbai for a training session, but the police did not verify his claim with the naval authorities. Meanwhile, the crime branch learnt that Matthew had called Susayraj nearly 1,000 times between May 7 and 20. Ã¢ÂÂThis made us suspicious and we questioned her,Ã¢ÂÂ said a crime branch officer who did not wish to be named. Ã¢ÂÂThe two had repainted a wall to hide the bloodstains. I am surprised the Malad police did not ask them why one wall was coloured
differently from the rest.Ã¢ÂÂ
Meanwhile, Mumbai police had filed a murder charge against both the accused. They were also charged of destroying the evidences. Court proceedings are on. Court has already turned down the bail applications filed by Kannada actress Marrayya Monica Susayraj and
co-accuse in this case.
The court trial in the Neeraj Grover murder case had started on Aril 19,2009 with the victim's father Amarnath Grover(50) deposing before the sessions court.
Amarnath Grover additional sessions judge C A Jadhav that he could not remember the exact date on which he was informed about his son's death as he was under tremendous mental stress during that time. Amarnath, who lives with his wife in Kanpur, said Neeraj on completing
his masters in mass communication from Kanpur University came to Mumbai after he secured a job in a TV production house.
"We used to talk to Neeraj over the phone twice a day. The last time we spoke to Neeraj was on the night of May 6," Amarnath said. Neeraj was not answering his phone from the morning of May 7. "We kept trying to contact him several times but there was no response. We then
called Nishant Grover, Neeraj's cousin and roommate, but even he said he could not get in touch with Neeraj and was searching for him," he said.
On May 8, Amarnath came to Mumbai and lodged a missing complaint with the suburban Malad police. "I was advised to approach the crime branch following which I met the joint commissioner of police Rakesh Maria," Amarnath said. "After a fortnight, I was summoned to the crime branch unit in suburban Bandra where I was shown a polythene bag with ashes, burnt human remains and a gold chain with a pendant and was asked to identify if it belonged to my son," Amarnath told the court. Amarnath identified the pendant as his son's. "If I won't identify my son then who will. No one can imagine my mental state at that time," he told the court.
The judge then showed the gold chain and pendant to Amarnath in a sealed packet and asked him if it was the same that was shown to him by the police. An emotional Amarnath just lowered his head and replied in the affirmative.
And as the nation was expecting exemplary punishment for both Emile and Maria, the honorable judge felt otherwise and sentenced them only 10 and three years imprisonment for what they did. Let's hope that theaging parents of Neeraj would get justice sooner rather than later.
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