No headway in UoP security guard’s murder

Another murder case that still remains unsolved is that of 54-year-old UoP security supervisor Prahlad Laxman Jogdandkar.

Written by Express News Service | Pune | Published:June 23, 2013 2:03 am

Another murder case that still remains unsolved is that of 54-year-old UoP security supervisor Prahlad Laxman Jogdandkar.

He was reportedly shot by an unidentified youth,caught by Prahlad with a woman in a compromising position on the night of May 2,2012.

The incident had taken place around 7.45 pm near the university’s servants quarters,located barely 200 metres from Chatushrungi police station.

Jogdandkar was patrolling the university premises along with a security guard,Balasaheb Nikalje,when he saw the couple huddled in an isolated spot. Nikalje told the police that Jogdandkar initially demanded Rs 5,000 from the couple to let them go,but settled for Rs 500. The youth had,according to Nikalje,paid up and fled the spot on his bike,along with the woman whom he kept calling Anju. Later,he came back and asked him to return at least Rs 100,saying he needed it to pay for petrol. When he refused,the man shot him twice in the chest.

Nikalje got scared and fled,only to lose consciousness after stumbling and falling some distance from the murder spot. After he regained consciousness,he informed the university security office.

Senior inspector Ajay Kadam of Chatushrungi police station said,“In spite of conducting an extensive probe,we still don’t have any clues. We have checked all possibilities but to no avail.”

The only witness in the case available to the police is Nikalje. The other witness,the woman whom the “perpetrator” called Anju,is nowhere to be found. The description Nikalje gave of her was vague.

This murder had brought to the fore a crucial flaw in the security arrangements of UoP as the absence of CCTV cameras at the entry and exit points of the over 400-acre premises had resulted in the suspect getting away.

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