A gang of seven to eight persons assaulted and murdered a youth outside Bhave High School in Sadashiv Peth in broad daylight today.
The deceased,Baliram Dnyandev Gaikwad,28,is a resident of Jori plot in Sadashiv Peth. He succumbed at Sassoon Hospital. The Vishrambaug police have registered a case. Meanwhile,the crime branch of Pune police,which is doing a parallel investigation into the case,has detained two minors in connection with the case.
Around 1.30 pm,Gaikwad and his friend Nitin Paigude were returning on a motorbike after collecting vargani for the Mahashivratri festival when seven-eight persons on motorcycles intercepted Gaikwad in front of the Bhave School,located a few metres away from the Perugate police chowky,police said.
Paigude escaped as the group assaulted Gaikwad with a sickle. Gaikwad was rushed to a private hospital by the police after they were informed by the local residents. He was later shifted to Sassoon Hospital where he died.
The police have recovered a sickle and a receipt book of Navshakti Mitra Mandal from the scene. They have also identified the suspects.
It was learnt that Gaikwad was a member of Navshakti Mitra Mandal in the Sadashiv Peth area and he had some tiff with some local youths. About two months ago,a group had attacked him on Shastri Road. The police suspect that the same assailants are involved now.