In a deft move,the Nagpur (Rural) police on Tuesday morning arrested Prakash Pohre,the owner of Marathi multi-edition daily Deshonnati from a farmhouse on the outskirts of Akola city. Pohre is facing charges of instigating a new guard to fire at the protesting staff whose services he had terminated,killing another security guard,Rajendra Dupare.
A team of Nagpur Rural police led by Police Inspector Rajan Pali had reached Akola on Monday and searched Pohres residence.
Sources said the police,which had been tipped-off that Pohre was holed up at the farmhouse,outsmarted Pohre creating an impression that they were returning to Nagpur after searching his home.
The police team,however,took a different route to reach the farmhouse at Kanheri village on the outskirts of Akola and arrested Pohre.
Pohre is an accused in the murder of security guard Dupare at his printing press here on October 13 after a fracas in Pohres presence between employees whose services he had terminated and a team of newly appointed security guards.
He had gone missing since his anticipatory bail plea had been rejected by a court last week and his plea was to come up before the High Court on Tuesday.
Pohre projects himself as a prominent voice of farmers and is known for his strong political connections.