Nerul corporator Shashikala Maladi who had been missing since more than a week, has been found dead. Maladi’s body was found on tracks between Mankhurd and Govandi on September 23 around 3.40pm. The Vashi railway police had registered a case of accidental death and her body was shifted to the mortuary in Rajawadi hospital at Ghatkopar.
According to the police, Maladi’s body would have been traced much earlier, if the case was registered on time by the family. “Since there was a delay in registering the case, we took time to corroborate with the ADR filed by Vashi GRP,” said assistant police inspector Santosh Jadhav, who is the investigating officer. He added that they worked very hard in the last four days to trace her.
During the course of the investigation, the police learnt about the ADR filed of an unknown woman by Vashi GRP. However, Vashi GRP had mentioned her age as 30 in the ADR. “We sent our cops to check if body was of Maladi and it was her’s,” said the official.
The family of Nerul corporator had registered a missing person’s complaint with the Nerul police on September 28, five days after she went missing. Maladi was a sitting corporator from ward number 88 of the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporator (NMMC) and she stayed with her family in sector 3 of the node.
According to her family members, Maladi left home on September 23 for office, which is also in the same sector. However, she did not return home by evening. They thought she might be busy with Ganpati festivities as she is the president of Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav mandal of sector 3.
The family kept trying to trace her at their relatives and family friends’ place, but to no avail. The family waited till the final immersion as they thought she would be busy in festival and would return after the festival.
However, when she did not return, they finally approached the police. Maladi’s family claimed that she was under depression as a group of members of the mandal she was heading, were allegedly opposing her after she was elected as the president. The matter had also reached the police and eventually the court.