After he went missing eight months ago, the Anti-Dacoity Cell of Pune Police on Friday revealed that Akash Shridhar Magar was murdered in July 2015 and his body buried in the forest on Alandi Chakan Road by three suspects who have been arrested.
The deceased – Akash Magar (23), resident of Pimpri, had gone missing on July 28, 2015, and until now, the police and his family members were unable to find his whereabouts. Further investigations revealed a link between the murder of Magar and the September 2014 murder of Rajesh Jadhav.
According to police, Rajesh Jadhav, a resident of Pimpri, was murdered for which Magar and six others were arrested. A year later, the seven accused came out of jail on bail.
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Seema Kharade (26), sister of Rajesh Jadhav, is one of the three arrested suspects. She allegedly hatched a plan to kill Magar to avenge her brother.
Kharade learnt about the release of the suspects who allegedly murdered her brother. To avenge her brother’s death, she reportedly took her husband Aakash Kharade into confidence and hatched a conspiracy to kill Magar.
Incidentally, when Magar was spending his time in Yerwada Central Prison, Kharade too was in prison for another crime and both had become friends. On July 28, 2015, Kharade called up Magar and invited him to a bar. On that evening, Kharade reportedly picked up Magar from his house and took him to a bar in Pimpri. He informed his wife Seema about this and she reportedly told him to go ahead with the plan to kill Magar.
Later, he called up one of his friends, a co-accused in the case – Sunil Rathod – who reached the spot. Then the trio proceeded to Alandi Chakan road and finally entered the forest land where they consumed more liquor.
“Here, Kharade and Rathod assaulted Magar with an axe and stones and killed him. Later, they buried the body under a small bund on a stream and covered it with soil and leady branches. They then dumped a two-wheeler used by them in a valley and burnt the clothes they wore when they committed the crime. A few days later, Seema and Kharade shifted their house and started staying at a new place in Bhosari,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) PR Patil.
On Friday, the police arrested Kharade, Seema and Rathod from their respective houses and based on information given by them also visited the crime scene and recovered bones which could be the remains of Magar’s body. The body parts have been sent for tests to Sassoon General Hospital.