Jhanvi Kukreja with her mother Nidhi Kukreja in a file photo. (Source: India Today)
The Mumbai Police on March 30 (2021), filed a charge sheet running into 600 pages in connection with the murder of 19-year-old Jhanvi Kukreja, who was killed during New Year's eve's party on December 31, 2020, in the Khar area of Mumbai. The charge sheet was filed against the two accused teenagers - Shree Jogdhankar and Diya Padalkar. Jhanvi had received 48 injuries, including a skull fracture. Statements of around 74 witnesses have been added, including statements of Kukreja’s friends who were present at the party. Police claimed that both the accused were behaving inappropriately at the venue on the eighth floor, to which Kukreja objected. The three had a fight when around 1:45 am, Kukreja was on her way down, and both Shree and Diya followed her from the fifth floor. They assaulted her on the way down by pulling her hair, till they reached the second floor, causing her serious injuries. The charge sheet states that both of them banged Kukreja’s head on the railing of the stairs. Kukreja tried to defend herself and retaliated. The police claim that neither Padlkar nor Jogdhankar stopped assaulting which shows that they intentionally killed Kukreja. During the investigation, police found a yellow bangle on the stairs on the fifth floor, earrings on the third and second floor, found a hairband, a black sandal on the fourth floor, and the other sandal with Kukreja’s body on the ground floor. It was claimed that these things belonged to Kukreja and Padalkar. They also found Kukreja’s blood on the stairs on the third floor and a bundle of hair on the railing of the second-floor stairs. The blood sample was from Jogdhankar's T-shirt was also collected which turned out to be Jhanvi's blood. Jogdhankar was also seen with injuries after the incident, which were caused during the fight when Jhanvi was trying to defend herself.