Ramvilas Nagori admits his son Manish Nagori, an alleged arms dealer, is “criminal-minded”, but he refuses to believe his involvement in the murder of rationalist Dr Narendra Dabholkar in Pune on August 20 last year.
A resident of Priyadarshini Colony of Sangli Naka in Ichalkaranji, Ramvilas says he was shocked to know that the police arrested Manish for the murder of Dabholkar.
“I will not say that my son is an innocent person. He is my only son. He was supposed to be our support in old age. But still I had forced him out of our house because of his involvement in criminal activities about two years ago. However, I am sure he has nothing to do with the Dabholkar murder case. Police have arrested him due to the growing political pressure and unrest among the masses. Police should understand that Dabholkar’s murder is not an ordinary case. Police should not bother about political pressures and go on arresting wrong persons. Arresting a wrong person means giving a clean chit to actual killers,” says Ramvilas.
Manish is an SSC dropout. His family has been into cloth business for many years. Ramvilas wanted him to start some business. Manish even started a mobile phone shop in Ichalkaranji area. But he later came in contact with criminal elements, says Ramvilas.
“Manish came in contact with Navneet Sharma, a history-sheeter previously arrested in a murder case. Manish also got dragged into criminal activities then. I wanted him to do some good business. But he entered into the business of illegal weapons. So we asked him to leave home. He was first arrested in Rajasthan in possession of illegal firearms. Now, he is being probed by the Thane police, ATS and the Pune police. While speaking to me, the police did say that he could be a weapon dealer, but he is not a murderer,” says Ramvilas.
“Manish and Vikas Khandelwal were arrested by the Thane police for an extortion case in Mumbra on August 20. Mumbra police had been keeping a watch on him and his aides since August 17. Mumbra police have their cell phone call locations. It shows they were not in Pune. So we are sure they are not linked to Dabholkar case. I will fight in court to prove their innocence,” he says.
Ramvilas had met with a road accident in Mumbai about a month ago and sustained injuries. “I could not come to Pune because I am not feeling well,” he says.
According to the Kolhapur police, Manish Nagori developed contacts with inter-state criminals and became a dreaded illegal firearms dealer. The Kolhapur police had booked him under the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) for his alleged links with Sanjay Tehsildar gang, involved in crimes like murder and firearms trade. Manish’s name also cropped up during the investigation in the continued…