​ Naval divers during the search operations in the Vasai creek.​


Mumbai : The Indian Navy on Tuesday evening,  have called off  operations to search for the mortal remains of the late API Ashwini Bidre-Gore who was allegedly murdered by her paramour Sr Police Inspector Abhay Kurundkar in April 2016. On Tuesday morning , 6 Naval divers searched the Vasai creek (called Versova creek) and by evening, the search operations was called off, said Commander Mehul Karnik,CPRO, Indian Navy, Colaba.

Ashwini's husband, Raju Gore was also present during the search operations and there are chances that the other accused Mahesh Phalnikar (48) may also be brought to the spot to locate the trunk as it was him who threw the iron box into the waters from the bridge, said police sources. We searched the entire stretch of the creek, but did not find any mortal remains of the victim, said local police sources.​

Said Commander Mehul Karnik, CPRO, Indian Navy, Colaba  the search operations began at around 1030 hours by us as our Naval divers went undewater to search for the moral remains of the victim. 

It is a challenge for the Navy to find the mortal remains of the victim, as the incident occurred in April 2016,said Karnik. The Navi Mumbai Crime Branch officers are using strong magnets and other gadgets to trace the trunk in which some body parts of Ashwini was stashed and later thrown into the creek. Our Naval divers are using normal methods, but due to the murky waters, it is challenging for us as there are visibility issues,said Karnik, and also the depth of the water is quite low. 

We​ have not got any request from the Navi Mumbai Crime Branch to continue the search operations on Wednesday,said Commander Karnik. As per protocol, we need atleast 24 hours intimation for such operations, and though we also undertake operations at short notice, the final call has to be taken by the Navi Crime Branch police, said Karnik. ​