After his arrest, Praveen told the police that he was obsessed with being rich and successful. In February 2004, he met a Dharavi-based sadhu who called himself Bangali baba. The baba advised him to arrange for a nar bali or human sacrifice.
On April 4, on the tantrik’s suggestion, Praveen took his cousin to Mahalakshmi Race Course on the pretext of showing him around and strangled him under a neem tree.
Blood is indeed thicker than water; he could’ve strangled a complete stranger, but chose not to.