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Pune: Man shot dead by bike-borne assailants at Katraj, one detained

The deceased has been identified as Sameer Manoor, a resident of Ambegaon. The police suspect a money dispute behind the murder.

By: Express News Service | Pune |
Updated: December 7, 2021 12:30:58 pm
Pune police inspecting the place where the builder Sameer Shaikh murder in Bharti vidhyapith area on Monday. (Express Photo by Pavan Khengre,06.12.21,Pune)

A 33-year-old builder who was also associated with the Congress party was shot dead by two bike borne assailants who fired six bullets at him on a busy street in Katraj area of Pune on Monday morning. Police have said that the murder was a fallout of dispute over money and have arrested one person in the case.

Police have identified the deceased as Sameer Hussain Manoor alias Lal Badshah, a resident of Falenagar in Ambegaon Budruk. Manoor was in the construction business and was also associated with the Baramati constituency unit of the Congress. The incident took place in front of an eatery in Katraj around 11.55 am when Manoor was sitting on his bike in front of the eatery.

Two persons approached him on their bike and opened fire at him. Probe has revealed that at least six rounds were fired. After the shooting, the two suspected assailants fled from the spot. “Manoor sustained multiple bullet wounds and is believed to have died on the spot. Upon being taken to a hospital, he was pronounced dead on arrival.” said Senior Inspector Jagannath Kalaskar, in-charge of Bharti Vidyapeeth police station.

After the incident, the police teams were rushed to spot and senior officers visited the crime scene, where six empty rounds were found. The family of the deceased was informed and a probe was launched starting with the clues from the footage of the multiple security cameras installed in the area. At the time of the shooting, there was some crowd in the area and firing of six rounds in a very short span created panic in the area. An officer who is part of the investigation said the suspects may have followed Manoor for a while before shooting him.

Pune City police commissioner Amitabh Gupta said, “The primary probe suggests that murder was a fallout of a dispute over money. One suspect was detained within a couple of hours after the incident.”

Senior Inspector Kalaskar added, “Preliminary probe suggests that the incident was a fallout of dispute of money that the deceased owed to the prime suspect of the murder Mehboob Saifan Bulargi. We arrested Bulargi sometime later. There are three more suspects who are part of the conspiracy and we have launched a search for them. We have come to know that Bulargi had lent the deceased over Rs 17 lakh in the past and there was ongoing dispute between the two over Manoor paying back what he owed.”

Kalaskar added, “Manoor was in the construction and construction supplies business. We have come to know that he was recently appointed an office bearer of the minority welfare cell of Congress party for the Baramati Loksabha constituency. Probe till now shows that the murder had no political angle to it but was a fallout of personal and financial disputes.”

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