A 35-year-old man was arrested for allegedly killing his cousin over a family feud in Titwala on Thursday, a day after Diwali. According to police, the accused has allegedly confessed to the killing and attributed the motive to a 28-year-old family feud. He claimed that he had committed the murder to avenge the death of his father, who too was allegedly killed a day after Diwali by the deceased and his brother.
While neither the deceased nor the police had registered a case then, the latter feels it to be an alibi, carefully sewed by the accused to seek leniency.
Titwala police said Bhalchandra Pavashe (38) was found dead on Thursday evening. “He had suffered severe head injuries. Prima facie it looked like he was bludgeoned to death with a large rock,” said an officer from Titwala who spoke on condition of anonymity.
The police started investigating and arrested accused, Sagar Pavashe, from his house on Friday. “The accused and the deceased are distant relatives. There is an ongoing family feud, in which the deceased along with his brother had killed the accused’s father a day after Diwali, in a similar way in 1990,” the officer said. The family feud, police claimed was over a piece of ancestral land in their village in Pavashepada, where they currently reside.
According to police, Sagar had allegedly planned the death meticulously. “He managed to get Bhalchandra to a common friend’s house where he was made to consume alcohol. Once he was in an inebriated state, Sagar attacked the deceased and killed him using a big rock,” a senior officer said. He added, “When we started interrogating, Sagar confessed and told us that he had killed Bhalchandra this to avenge his father’s death.”