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Double murder: Illicit affair; cops on trail of shopkeeper

Investigations by Pune police have revealed that the murder of the 34-year-old Vidya Deepak Ghorpade and her five-year-old son Om at their Chinchwad apartment was the fallout of an illicit relationship.

Written by Express News Service | Pune |
March 15, 2009 10:47:45 pm

Investigations by Pune police have revealed that the murder of the 34-year-old Vidya Deepak Ghorpade and her five-year-old son Om at their Chinchwad apartment was the fallout of an illicit relationship. The police are now zeroing on Kiran Pujari,a grocery shop owner in Kharalwadi,who has fled Pune after the murder on Thursday night.

Police said Pujari,who also runs a canteen in a prominent college in Pimpri,was having an illicit affair with Vidya for the past several months. They said Pujari had a doubt that Vidya had started a fresh affair with another man.

“On Thursday night,Pujari went to Vidya’s residence and questioned her about her relationship with another person. As the argument became heated,Pujari allegedly lost his temper and assaulted Vidya with a sharp weapon. Om saw the entire incident. Fearing that Om will reveal everything to the police,Pujari also stabbed the child to death,” said a senior police officer.

The police revealed that the murderer made seven assaults on the body of Om and 35 assaults on Vidya. The police had found the two bodies under a heap of clothes in one of rooms of the flat on Friday morning.

Vidya’s car,which was missing,has been recovered from Lonavla. The police suspect that the murderer had fled the spot in Vidya’s car. He must have left the car at Lonavla,they said.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone III) Mahesh Patil confirmed that they are zeroing in on a shop owner in the region. The suspect was apparently identified by the cops on investigation of calls made by Vidya from her mobile phone.

They have launched a major search operation for the suspect. Police teams have been dispatched to Nashik and two more cities.

Sources said Pujari had communicated with a friend from his mobile phone after the murder and had confessed to murdering Vidya and her son. His friend apparently advised him to surrender to the police,but Pujari fled the town.

Meanwhile,the bodies of the victims were taken to their native place in Pargaon village of Satara district. Vidya’s husband Deepak Ghorpade,an executive officer with a software company in Bangalore,had come to Satara for the last rites,it was learnt.

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