Three police constables, who were on their way back to Saswad police station from deployment duty in Dawanewadi village, died after their patrol van fell into a 90-foot deep gorge after Saturday midnight.
According to the Pune rural police, the incident took place near Panwadi village, around 8 km from Saswad. The incident came to light after some villagers spotted the van in the gorge. The three constables are Shashikant Nivrutti Raut (51), who was originally from Bhigwan in Indapur and currently stayed at Uruli Kanchan, Ulhas Anant Mayekar (48) who was originally from Karwar in Karnataka and currently stayed at Bhekrainagar near Hadapsar, and Avinash Tukaram Dhole (52).
Additional Superintendent of Police Ravindrasinh Pardeshi said: “The three constables were attached to the Saswad police station and were sent for security deployment during Minister of State Vijay Shivtare’s visit to Dawanewadi village on Saturday night.”
The patrolling van that was in constant communication with the control room lost contact after midnight, said the police.
“After we lost contact, we started inquiring with other staffers if they had heard anything from them. We got no information,” said a staffer from the Saswad police station.
The police station received information in the morning that the van was seen deep into the gorge. All three constables were dead when the police team and local villagers reached the spot. Police suspect the van to have met with the accident sometime after midnight. Shivtare and SP Manojkumar Lohiya visited the spot.