Updated: August 19, 2021 7:28:43 pm
Pune Rural Police have arrested a 26-year-old man and have detained his minor accomplice for allegedly murdering a 40-year-old farmer on August 15 over an argument about drinking alcohol at a birthday party.
The victim, Kanifnath Pandharkar (40), a resident of Khandale village in Shirur taluka, was found brutally murdered at Nhavare village, around 70 km from Pune, on Monday morning. His wife Anjali (35) had filed a First Information Report with Shirur police station under Pune Rural jurisdiction.
Anjali has said in her complaint that on the morning of August 15, which was Pandharkar’s birthday, he dropped her at their farm in Khandale village on his bike. Later, she tried calling him on his cell phone but he could not be reached. The next morning, Pandharkar’s body was found, with head injuries and his face disfigured. Preliminary examination revealed that he had been bludgeoned to death with a heavy rock.
A joint probe was launched by officials from Shirur police station and the Local Crime Branch of Pune Rural Police. The initial probe, which involved analysis of electronic footprint, revealed that Pandharkar had spent the afternoon of his birthday with two persons. Further probe by sleuths narrowed down the police probe to two persons — 26-year-old contract labourer Dadabhau Wagh and a 17-year-old. The two were detained for questioning and it came to light that the two had allegedly bludgeoned Pandharkar to death as a fallout of a dispute over drinking alcohol on his birthday.
Wagh, who is also facing a 2016 murder case, has been arrested, while the 17-year-old was detained and will be produced before the Juvenile Justice Board. The two have been booked under Indian Penal Code sections 302 for murder and 201 for destruction of evidence.
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