Angered by his wife’s alleged affair with his cousin, a 28-year-old youth allegedly tried to kill his kin by trying to blow up his motorcycle. The incident, which occurred at Numberwadi in Narayangaon, about 80 km from Pune city, around 8.30 am on Tuesday, has set the village abuzz with locals rushing to the village and and the police station.
The police have picked up the suspect and charged him with attempt to murder.
According to the Narayangaon police, 32-year-old Devidas Kale, who was injured in the blast, had an affair with suspect Pandurang Jadhav’s wife. Jadhav had warned Kale to end their affair or face consequences, police said. However, Kale continued to remain in touch with Jadhav’s wife. “Two days back, Kale’s wife had called up Jadhav and asked him to warn his wife after spotting a missed call on her husband’s cellphone. Jadhav then accosted Kale and asked him to mind his own business or face the consequences,” police said.
On Tuesday, Kale planned to go to Narayangaon market. As soon as he started his motorcycle’s engine, it blew up, injuring Kale and severely damaging the vehicle.
Police said someone had strapped the vehicle with gelatin sticks and detonators the previous night.
In his complaint to the police, Kale alleged that Jadhav was behind the move as he provided dumper service to quarrying sites where gelatin sticks and detonators are used. Kale told the police that Jadhav must have procured the explosive material from the quarrying site. However, no family member saw Jadhav strapping the two-wheeler with explosives.
In the blast, Kale suffered burns on right leg and right hand and was admitted to a local hospital. He is said to be out of danger.
Kale’s complaint mentions that since they were relatives, he used to frequent Jadhav’s house, which led to his proximity to his wife. “Due to this, Jadhav had threatened me a number of times. Since it was our family matter, I did not complain to the police,” station duty officer Santosh Muluk told this paper.
“The suspect has confessed that he committed the crime over the illicit affair of his wife and cousin,” said Muluk.
Police sub-inspector Kishore Kadam said they had picked up the suspect from Narayangaon area but were confused when they came across four persons by the same name in the area. “But we managed to pick up the right person,” he said.
Both Kale and Jadhav come from the farming community. The police are flummoxed as to how Jadhav learnt the art of assembling the explosives when he was a mere driver on the dumper service provided to quarrying sites.