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Jhanvi Kukreja’s ‘killers’ were drunk, no drug traces found

Jhanvi Kukreja, 19, was allegedly killed by her friends at a New Year's party that was being held at a high-rise building in Mumbai's Khar West area

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Crime Jhanvi Kukreja's 'killers' were drunk, no drug traces found

The blood test report of the two accused in the Jhanvi Kukreja murder case has confirmed that the duo had consumed alcohol even though no drug traces have been found as was suspected by the Mumbai Police.

The police had sought forensic analysis of the blood samples of the accused Shree Jogdhankar and Diya Padalkar after they told the investigators that they could not remember the sequence of events of the evening of their New Year party where Jhanvi was found dead.

Jogdhankar and Padalkar allegedly killed 19-year-old Jhanvi Kukreja on 31 December at a New Year party held at a high-rise building in Mumbai’s Khar West area. The 19-year-old was found dead on the ground floor of the Bhagwati Heights building with multiple fatal injuries to her head.

Jhanvi Kukreja had allegedly seen Jogdhankar and Padankar in a sexual act at the party, following which an argument ensued between them. As the argument heated up, it turned into a physical fight in which Jhanvi was allegedly killed. Sources Shree and Diya brutally assaulted Jhanvi during the fight.

The accused are presently in judicial custody. During the hearing, police told the court that Shree had criminal antecedents, was short-tempered and might take “dangerous steps”.

In an interview, Jhanvi’s mother Nidhi Kukreja had refuted rumours of a ‘love triangle’ between her daughter and the two accused — who she said were her friends.

“Shree and Jhanvi were not dating. They were very good friends and Shree had visited our house a couple of times as well. All the three kids — Diya, Shree and Jhanvi — had very good relationship as friends,” Jhanvi’s mother said.

“My daughter had such a bright future. She was planning to study abroad. Now she is no more. I have faith in our law and judiciary system. I trust Mumbai Police to bring the truth out. I want justice for my daughter,” Niddhi said.

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