Pimpri-Chinchwad diary: 4 murders in 10 days

In less than 10 days,Pimpri-Chinchwad witnessed four murders in different parts of the industrial town.

Written by Express News Service | Published:May 28, 2012 1:32 am

4 murders in 10 days

PUNE: In less than 10 days,Pimpri-Chinchwad witnessed four murders in different parts of the industrial town. The murders took place at Bhosari,Shantinagar,Kasarwadi and Dehu Road,sparking fear among citizens. On May 18,22-year-old Govind Khating was found murdered with his head smashed near Mayuri Mangal Karalaya on Alandi Road. Hours later in Shantinagar area,Sanket Kothimbare (19) was found bludgeoned to death. On May 23,city builder Surendra Shah (56) was murdered by a gang in Kasarwadi over a land dispute. On May 25,Dheeraj Potdar (33) was found dead under mysterious circumstances in Nigdi-Pradhikaran area. Meanwhile,in Kasarwadi,10 people were murdered in 20 days. All of them were under 40.

From activist,politician to crime world

PUNE: Rajesh Mote and his friends allegedly killing a builder in Kasarwadi has stunned residents in the suburb. That is because Mote had been doing ‘social service’ and dabbled in politics recently. He was heading the Patit Pavan Sanghatna in the city and also worked for mathadi workers. He had also contested the last civic polls but lost. “From social service,politics and now crime,Mote’s journey has been baffling,” said residents who find it difficult to believe that an arts graduate from the prestigious Fergusson College could take to crime. Mote and his friends allegedly killed the builder over a property dispute.

‘Give civic chief time to study issues’

PUNE: The new Municipal Commissioner Dr Shrikar Pardeshi took charge last week,replacing Asheesh Sharma who completed fours years of what has been described as a fairly non-controversial tenure. He is the second Pardeshi to take charge after Parveensinh Pardeshi (1997),who is now the Principal Secretary (Forest). At his first press conference,Dr Shrikar Pardeshi,who to his credit has the ‘Nanded success story’,looked nervous. “You provide me information and feedback. I need time to study. Do not expect things to happen overnight,” he said in a tone that inspired less confidence. Surprisingly,he expressed ignorance on the Maval incident which had rocked the Parliament last year. “I will seek details and then comment,” he said. However,PCMC officials said Pardeshi should be given time before his performance can be judged. “Let’s not jump to conclusions. He has done well in Nanded and we expect him to repeat the success story here as well,” said senior officials.

(Compiled by Manoj More)

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