PUNE rural police have cracked the murder mystery involving a 49-year-old farmer – believed to have been killed and burnt in Shirur last month. He was arrested from Alandi Friday.
The probe has revealed that the farmer had killed his friend and burnt his body to stage his own murder and frame eight persons with whom he had land dispute.
Suresh Soma Mote, a resident of Savindane village in Shirur taluka of Pune district, has been arrested for killing his friend Anand Wagh, a welder. On September 21, a man’s body was found in a burnt state in Savindane. Based on primary inquiry and an FIR registered by Mote’s son, a murder offence was registered at Shirur police station.
During investigation, cops arrested eight persons, all residents of Savindane, suspecting their role in Mote’s murder. Police were investigating whether the murder was fallout of any land dispute between Mote and them.
In the initial stages of the investigation, police found that the waist size of the body and that of Mote, as learnt from his description, were different. The police probe changed its course and the police launched a search to nab Mote.
After giving police the slip in Pandharpur, Mote was finally arrested from Alandi. During his interrogation, it came to light that he had killed his friend Wagh with an axe and burnt his body to stage his own murder and frame the eight villagers. He switched off his cellphone and went to Pandharpur and Alandi, said inspector Bhagwan Nimbalkar.