Police often find wanted criminals in unexpected places. Lakshman Jadhav alias Lakshya whom the police were searching for in extortion cases targeting builders and businessmen was found in Yerawada jail where he landed in the first week of August as vehicle thief Santosh Kalshetti, a name he assumed to hide from police.
The teams from Pune police crime branch had been searching for Lakshya for two years.
Police had information that Lakshya used to move to Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana and Bihar after committing offences in Pune. During the probe, constable Rajnarayan Deshmukh got a tip-off from informants that Lakshya was staying in Shirur or Shikrapur.
The probe revealed that Lakshya had changed his name. “We found that Lakshya was arrested by Shirur police in a case of vehicle theft in the beginning of this month. He had changed his name to Santosh Ramesh Kalshetti (30) and had told local police he was from Solapur. We pursued the matter and verified the information. He has been taken into custody,” said senior inspector Prabhakar Dhamale.
Lakshya has a case of attempt to murder and two cases of extortion registered against him at Kothrud police station and cases of extortion at Vishrantwadi, Shivajinagar, Paud police station, cases of kidnapping and dacoity at Jejuri police station. Police said Lakshya and his accomplices used to book buses for tours, thrash the driver and decamp with the bus.
Police urged citizens, especially businessmen and builders, to come forward if they had been threatened by Lakshya.
Dhamale said, “Lakshya used to tap builders and businessmen by getting numbers from construction sites, or pamphlets.”
Constables Vinayak Jorkar, Rajnarayan Deshmukh, Mahesh Kutal, Ajay Bhosale, Sanjay Barkade and Sheetal Shinde were in the probe team. The probe was supervised by additional commissioner Shahaji Solunke, DCP Jayant Naiknavre and ACP Rajendra Bhamre.