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Police fear gang war over land deals feared

hand-L Forensic team at a crime scene in Bavdhan. (Source: Express archive)
Written by Chandan Shantaram Haygunde , Sushant Kulkarni | Pune | Posted: June 27, 2014 3:51 am | Updated: June 27, 2014 4:36 am

The Murder of Parshuram alias Parsha alias Aba Pandurang Jadhav (39), has brought to fore gangsters getting attracted to land deals in Pune. The police fear more “gang wars”, with several gang leaders out on bail. Police sources say gangsters are finding “close allies” in construction and politics and are trying for an image makeover.

Gangsters and land deals

Police said Jadhav from Kolhapur was named in extortion, kidnapping and murder cases earlier. He joined hands with gangster Baba Bodke with whom he fell out later. Jadhav had created a base in Dhankawadi area, police sources said.  Investigations reveal that on June 19, he was murdered by about 10 persons, including Bala Choudhary associated with the Appa Londhe gang. When Jadhav  reached the area with his driver and aide Sanjay More he was shot dead. “Choudhary is on the run. His six accomplices have been arrested,” said senior inspector M B Chavan of Bharati Vidyapeeth police station.

There have been other murders over land deals. On November 14, 2013, Kunal Pol (31), suspected to have links with a gang led by Gajanan Marne alias Maharaj, was attacked by about 15 persons near Swargate and shot dead. Investigations revealed Vishal Satpute alias Janglya as prime suspect.

Police said Pol was into land dealings involving Marne and was a friend of Janglya who separated after a dispute. Pol is believed to have enjoyed political support at the local level.

Police sources said all political parties have a nexus with some or the other gang leader. They said there the gangsters had links with the Mumbai underworld.

Growing Worry

The fight for supremacy between gangs over land deals is turning out to be a worry for police. Deputy commissioner of police (Crime Branch) Jayant Naiknavre said, “We have detailed records of all criminal groups in the city. We take regular action against them. The main historysheeters are regularly detained and prohibitory action taken. We have two squads who keep close watch on movement of these groups. The reports that these groups are active are wrong. It is known that they are into different businesses now.”

Major gangsters on bail, some operate from jail

As per police records, “main gang leaders” like Gajanan Marne, Baba Bodke, Ganesh Marne, Rahul Taru, Ram Jagdale, Sachin Pote, Datta Mane, Appa Londhe, Rakesh Bharne, Bapu Nayar are out on bail and involved in real estate business. “The gangs have their areas of influence. Bodke is more known in Bhor, and Marne in Kothrud…,” an officer said. Among those in jail are gangster Sharad Mohol, a prime accused in the murder of alleged suspected IM operative Qateel Siddiqui. Gangsters Bapu Waghire and Nilesh Ghaiwal are also lodged in jail.

Police said after the murder of Sandeep Mohol allegedly by Ganesh Marne gang in October 2006, a major gang war had started in the city. There is rivalry between Sharad Mohol and Ganesh Marne gangs. He was linked continued…

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