Student kills aspiring 20-year-old model he met online, stuffs body in suitcase and dumps it by a quiet road

The victim, identified as Mansii Dixit, had recently moved to Mumbai with aspirations of becoming a model and had reportedly met Syed online


                            Student kills aspiring 20-year-old model he met online, stuffs body in suitcase and dumps it by a quiet road

A student in India has been arrested for killing a 20-year-old aspiring model whom he first met online. The student, identified as Syed Hasan aka Muzammil Syed, also stuffed the model's body in a suitcase, hailed a cab, took it to a desolate spot and dumped it by the side of a quiet road in Malad, Mumbai, according to reports.

The victim, identified as Mansii Dixit, had recently moved to Mumbai with aspirations of becoming a model and had reportedly met the 19-year-old Syed online. Reports state that he and Dixit got into an argument when they were in Syed's flat when he became enraged and hit her with a sharp object.



Police officials were made aware of the incident after the cab driver, who drove Syed, alerted them about the suspicious-looking suitcase dumped by the side of the road.

Deputy Police Commissioner Sangramsingh Nishandar said the investigators are currently working to find out what caused the argument between the duo. The suspect reportedly told the police that his meeting with Dixit had been their first, according to the Times of India. Syed also claimed that he had arrived in Mumbai from Hyderabad just a week ago.



 

The news outlet also reported that police officials are investigating if Syed met Dixit on a dating app. Shortly after the victim's body was found by police officials, Syed was apprehended by officers in Hyderabad.



 

The cab driver, who reportedly alerted police officials, had become suspicious after he helped the suspect lift his luggage into the vehicle. The driver reportedly said that he felt the load in the suitcase was uneven when he put it into his car's boot. The driver also told the authorities that the suspect changed his destination thrice on rideshare app Ola, before finally deciding to stop the car at Malad.

Reports state that after the suspect got out, the driver watched him dump the bag at the side of the road. He immediately called the authorities. The Bangur Nagar police station received a call about the bag around 3 pm. "Two policemen rushed to the spot and opened the traveler’s bag. Dixit’s face was strapped with strings and her body was wrapped in a cushion, with a bedsheet rolled over," said a police officer.

Police officials have reportedly seized a blood-soaked bedsheet and the stool with which Syed allegedly struck the 20-year-old as evidence from his flat.



According to another news outlet Mirror Now, Syed had a violent past. He had allegedly physically assaulted his mother about three years ago. According to reports, his neighbors and the security guard of his building in Andheri West’s Millat Nagar, the family had shushed the incident back then. Also, Syed was reportedly an adopted child. His father worked at a corporate firm while his mother was a housewife.

The security guard, Jamal Ansari told Hindustan Times that he had been working as a security guard of the building since the last 22 years and had seen Syed growing up. He said that society members talked among themselves three years ago when he hit his mother causing a head injury.

He added that his mother had hidden the assault by saying that she hit her head against a drawer. Ansari, while recalling the moments from Monday, further said that Syed got into a cab waiting for him with a huge travel bag at about 2.30 pm. He put the bag in the trunk, he added. He, however, did not remember seeing the girl entering the flat earlier as she may have got in from another gate.

A resident from the same building said that Syed was ill-tempered and frequently fought with others in the neighborhood. His mother had reportedly gone to visit her relatives at the time he allegedly committed the murder, neighbors added.