Thane, March 19: The police on Monday arrested a woman intern and a printer in connection with the murder of India Unbound editor Nityanand Pandey. According to the police, the intern killed Pandey because he had been sexually assaulting her over the last two years. Pandey had been missing since March 15. His body was found on Sunday near a creek in Khardi village in Kharbao in Thane's Bhiwandi area.
"Based on our probe, we have arrested Ankita Mishra, who worked as an assistant to Pandey, and Satish Umashankar Mishra, 34, who ran a printing press where the deceased's news magazine was printed," Thane Superintendent of Police Shivaji Rathod told reporters. The senior cop said Pandey would allegedly sexually harass the woman at the workplace and had refused to give her a promotion. Pollachi Sexual Harassment Case: HC Refuses to Interfere.
To stop the sexual assault, the intern approached Mishra. According to the police, Pandey owed printing dues to Mishra and was delaying payment and that's why the latter agreed to be a part of the murder plot. "On March 15, the two accused took Pandey on the pretext of showing him a row house in Uttan. They spiked his protein drink which rendered Pandey unconscious. They then strangled him and threw his body in a creek near Khardi village," Rathod said. Google Paid USD 105 Million to 2 Executives Accused of Sexual Harassment.
A case under the relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code has been registered against the two accused, the SP said. India Unbound, as per its website, is a monthly news and views magazine mailed directly to over one lakh households across the country.