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Pune: 11 pistols, 4 revolvers seized from suspects in two murder cases

The Pune rural police have recovered 11 pistols, four country-made revolvers, 37 live cartridges and other weapons from suspects arrested in two recent murder cases.

By: Express News Service | Pune |
June 10, 2015 1:04:03 am
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The Pune rural police have recovered 11 pistols, four country-made revolvers, 37 live cartridges and other weapons from suspects arrested in two recent murder cases – killing of dreaded gangster and sand mafia kingpin Prakash alias Appa Haribhau Londhe (52) in Urali Kanchan and land dealer Rohan Rajendra Bhuruk (28) in Chakan.

Londhe was shot dead near his residence on Shindavne road in Urali Kanchan of Pune district while he was out for a morning walk around 5.30 am on May 28. His son Vaibhav Londhe (22) had later lodged a complaint of murder at the Loni Kalbhor police station.

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A local crime branch (LCB) team led by inspector Ram Jadhav arrested seven suspects in this case, identified as Santosh Bhimrao Shinde, Rajendra Vijay Gaikwad, Akash Sunil Mahadik, Nitin Mahadev Mogal, Vishnu Yeshwant Jadhav, Nilesh Khandu Solankar and Nagesh Lakshman Zadkar. All seven are currently in police custody.

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During the investigation, police recovered nine pistols, two country-made revolvers, two magazines, 31 live cartridges, five empty cartridges and two sharp weapons from them.

According to the police, the probe revealed that the murder conspiracy was hatched by Vishnu Jadhav, who along with seven others, was earlier arrested in a murder case in 2002 in which five accused were convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment. Jadhav and two others were acquitted. Londhe was a key witness in this case and had given a statement against the accused. So the convicts, along with Jadhav, conspired to eliminate Londhe. They fired eight bullets at Londhe, killing him on the spot. After the killing, Jadhav and Zadkar picked up the empty cartridges from the spot and fled.

Meanwhile, in connection with the murder of land dealer Rajendra Bhuruk, the LCB arrested six persons.

Bhuruk was shot dead in the parking of his residence in Polite Heritage building in Chakan around 9 am on June 1. The suspects arrested in this case have been identified as Aba alias Dnyaneshwar Tandale (23), Shridhar Pawar (19), Nilesh Pillay (32), Shashikant Jagtap (26), Swapnil Bokad (23) and Satish Patil (23), all residents of Bhosari area. Probe revealed that it was a case of supari killing following a land dispute between Bhuruk and his business friends Rohit Pawar and Chandrakant Marathe.

During the investigation, police recovered two pistols, two revolvers, six live and two empty cartridges from the suspects.

District superintendent of police Jay Jadhav said investigation was on to find out how the assailants procured illegal firearms. Police suspect that firearms came from weapon dealers in Bihar.

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