Nearly four and a half years after the 59-year-old owner of Alurkar Music House,Suresh Alurkar,was found murdered at his Karve Road home,police are nowhere near catching the perpetrator(s).
Alurkars body was found with his throat slit and hands and legs tied at his residence in Swapnanagari Society,located behind his shop on Karve Road on December 14,2008.
The murder came to light after Alurkars neighbour Ashok Padhye found him lying in a pool of blood and called the police.
Police said Alurkar,who is survived by his widow Anuradha and sons Vineet and Varun,used to stay alone at his Swapnanagri Society residence. Alurkar owned two four-room flats and used to stay alone in one of the flats. He used the other to store his music collection. A case of murder had been lodged with the Deccan Gymkhana police station. Crime Branch too initiated parallel investigations in this case.
Police had questioned Alurkars neighbour,and based on the information provided by him,a sketch of the suspect was released. However,police have not been able to identify and nab the suspect so far. The police also suspect that the killer had tortured Alurkar before murdering him,because they found his hands and legs tied and throat slit with a kitchen knife. This theory could not be substantiated because none of his neighbours had heard his cries.
During the investigation,police teams examined about a thousand people and verified details of lakhs of cellphone calls made from the area at the time the murder is estimated to have taken place. But it did not yield any substantial results.
Police said Alurkar,who had a vast collection of rare music records,was involved in a property deal worth several crores. Police have questioned those linked to it,but that failed to generate any useful information.
Police had also questioned Alurkars current and former employees,but were unable to get any clues to a motive behind the murder. Pune police went as far as announcing a reward of Rs 25,000 for anyone who could give substantial information about the murder or its perpetrators.
About a year after the murder,CB initiated a fresh probe in the case and re-examined the witnesses. But with no leads found the case still remains unsolved.