The three actors were co-stars in a film, following which they became close friends. One of them bragged that she has a lot of money. The other two kidnapped her for money. When they couldn't get her family to respond, they got her killed. The criminals were caught after a hot chase.
Sounds like a Bollywood movie, right? But actually, it happened in real life.
We are talking about the juniors artistes and co-stars on the sets of Madhur Bhandarkar's Heroine which also starred Kareena Kapoor-Khan and Arjun Rampal. A sessions court here convicted two persons today for the 2012 murder of budding actor Meenakshi Thapa. Additional Sessions Judge S G Shette found Amit Jaiswal (36) and his girlfriend, Preeti Surin (26), guilty under IPC sections 302 (murder) and 364-A (kidnapping for ransom). The quantum of punishment will be pronounced tomorrow.
According to the prosecution, Minakshi had bragged that she was rich and acting was only her hobby. This tempted the accused, who were in dire need of money, to hatch a conspiracy to abduct Minakshi and earn money. The accused lured the deceased by promising her a role in the Bhojpuri film industry and convinced her to accompany them to Allahabad. The accused reached Preeti's house in Allahabad. When they realised they were not getting the ransom amount, they beheaded her and threw her body in the septic tank. While on the way back to Mumbai, they flung the head out of the vehicle. "Minakshi was killed just because of her bragging. Her description about the richness of her family created a want for easy money in the minds of the accused and thus they committed this dastardly act. The prime motive behind the murder was money. A demand for a ransom of Rs 15 lakh was made by the kidnappers. However, they were only able to steal Rs 46,000 by using the victim's debit card," said Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam.
Shocking, isn’t it?