In yet another incident of its kind, private vehicles were set on fire at a parking lot in Unnati Nagar area of Hadapsar in the early hours of Friday.
A Bullet motorcycle, a scooter and a bicycle were severely damaged and burned in the incident. Gopinath Pawar (45), resident of Unnati Nagar, owner of the vehicles set on fire lodged an offence at the Hadapsar police station. Accordingly, the Hadapsar police have booked Gopinath’s nephew Ravi Vasant Pawar (28), resident of Laxmi Colony in Hadapsar.
The police suspect that the incident was the fallout of a dispute between Gopinath and Ravi. There was a quarrel between the duo Thursday night. The police suspect that Ravi was angry with Gopinath, so he poured petrol on the vehicles in the parking lot of Gopinath’s residence around 1.30 am and then set them on fire.
Gopinath rushed to the parking lot as soon as he noticed the fire. But the vehicles were severely burned. Gopinath claims to have seen Ravi running away from the spot. The Hadapsar police are investigating the case further. The police said there was panic in the region for some time as some incidents of vehicle burning were also reported in different parts of the city in the past.
It may be recalled that on June 28, as many as 92 vehicles were torched by a man in Sinhagad Road and Narhe-Ambegaon area. The police had arrested a man identified as Aman Abdul Shaikh (33), resident of Wadgaon Budruk and a stationary shop owner in that case. Probe revealed that he had similarly burnt 17 vehicles in Khadki area in 2006.
Meanwhile, on June 30 five private vehicles were set on fire in Chakan area. Similar incidents were also reported in Katraj and Wakad.