Nearly two weeks after an autorickshaw driver was attacked in Ghatkopar, Pant Nagar police arrested three persons for murder. The three are reportedly from a rival auto union.
The police, on Tuesday, also found murder weapons, an iron rod and a large wooden plank. The victim attacked on March 6, had slipped into coma and died on March 12.
The police have identified the accused as Rajendra Bhansode (36), his brother Ankush and one Sailesh Angule, all belonging to one political party.
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“The trio attacked Munna Sheikh on March 6 at 1.30 am. They belonged to rival parties and have been enemies since 2009. Rajendra and Sheikh were at loggerheads as they wanted to be the union leader of a rickshaw stand under the Rambai Ambedkar Nagar flyover in Ghatkopar (East),” said sub-inspector Kailash Teermane of the Pant Nagar police station.
According to the police, Sheikh went into coma after being thrashed and succumbed to his injuries on March 12. “On his way to Sion Hospital, Sheikh told his wife Razia that the three accused and two unknown men were responsible for his injuries.
We recorded that statement as his dying declaration and registered a case of murder against the trio,” said Shankar Dhanawade, senior police inspector, Pant Nagar police.