Pune city police solved a murder case within 24 hours after the incident came to light. At around 8 am on Monday, police found a partially burnt body in a garbage dump near Alpana Talkies in Nana Peth. They identified the deceased as Ganesh Pandurang Pote (37), a resident of Dhangarwada in Nana Peth.
Postmortem revealed that Pote had died due to strangulation. Probe revealed he had a financial dispute with his family member Ashok Mohan Gunge (32), a resident of Doke Talim in Nana Peth. Police said Gunge is a history-sheeter and had been booked several times on attempt to murder and dacoity charges. Gunge had taken a loan of Rs 4 lakh from Pote in 2013 to start a business. But he reportedly spent all the money in leisure. As Pote was demanding his money back, Gunge decided to eliminate him.
Pote’s wife had gone to her native place in Belgaum in Karna-taka, and he was staying alone. Gunge called Pote on August 20 saying that he was willing to give Rs 20,000. The duo met near Alpana Talkies at around 11 am. Later, Gunge took Pote to some other places and consumed liquor. When Pote started losing control under the influence of alcohol, Gunge took him to Mase-wali Nagzari in Nana Peth. Here Gunge, Pote and another relative Kumar Torgal started boozing again. After sometime, Gunge murdered him by strangulating his neck.
Gunge and Torgal hid Pote’s body under a garbage dump. They also hid Pote’s motorcycle near Chand Tara Masjid and fled. On August 22, Gunge went to the garbage dump and set it on fire to destroy evidence. Gunge and Torgal were arrested on Tuesday. Cops have also recovered Pote’s motorcycle.