The Thane crime branch on Saturday began its probe into the murder of former Shiv Sena corporator Mohan Raut by questioning three men named in the FIR lodged on Friday. However, no arrests have been made in the case so far.
Kisan Kathore, a Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MLA from Murbad, was questioned for more than fours hours by the crime branch. Kathore and five others were named in the FIR lodged by Raut’s family. The accused named in the FIR include Ramesh Patil, Sameer Sarave, Devendra Malusare, Yogesh Raut and Jayram Raut, also from the NCP.
On Friday, two unidentified assailants allegedly opened fire at Raut around 11.30 am in the Apte Wadi locality of Badlapur in Thane district. Raut was first rushed to the Central Hospital in Ulhasnagar, and later taken to the Asian Institute of Medical Sciences (AIMS) in Dombivali. However, doctors at AIMS declared him dead on arrival.
“Three of the six people named in the FIR are politicians, while the other three are builders. On Saturday, three, including Kathore from Murbad, were questioned for four hours by the team of crime branch. We have not arrested any one in the case. However, the Crime Branch has got good leads for further investigation. The family suspects that Raut may have been killed owing to political rivalry. We are probing the case along those lines too,” said V V Laxmi Narayan, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) of Thane district.
On Friday, the alleged assailants fired at least 12 bullets, and four bullets hit Raut in the chest and he succumbed to injuries.