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2, including woman assistant, held for editor’s killing

Two persons, including a 24-year-old woman, have been arrested for allegedly killing the editor of a news magazine in Maharashtra’s Thane district and then disposing of his body, police said on Monday.

India Unbound editor Nityanand Pandey’s body, with injuries to the head, was found on Sunday near a creek in Khardi village in Kharbao in Bhiwandi.

Pandey (45) had gone missing on March 15 and his kin had filed a missing person complaint with Kashimira police station.

Addressing a press conference on Monday, Thane Superintendent of Police Shivaji Rathod said the killing was the result of alleged sexual harassment faced by the arrested woman at the hands of Pandey over the last two years.

“Ankira was working with Pandey for three years and she has said that she was facing sexual harassment at his hands for two years. She then conspired with Uma Shankar to eliminate him,” he said.

“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,” he said.

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