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Pune: Two arrested in Uruli Kanchan shootout case

Sand trader Santosh Jagtap (35) and a member of his rival gang Swagat Bapu Khaire (25) were killed in the crossfire on Friday afternoon.

By: Express News Service | Pune |
Updated: October 25, 2021 8:28:46 am
Police are probing rivalry over sand mining territories as a possible motive behind the attack.

Pune City police has arrested two persons in connection with the shootout in Uruli Kanchan area in which a sand trader and a henchman of his rival were shot dead on Friday afternoon. Police are probing rivalry over sand mining territories as a possible motive behind the attack.

Sand trader Santosh Jagtap (35) and member of rival gang Swagat Bapu Khaire (25) were killed in the incident in which shots were fired from both the sides. Two of Jagtap’s bodyguards also sustained bullet injuries. Jagtap had two cases of murder registered against him, including a case in which two persons were killed. He was out on bail.

Khaire was also an accused in a murder case. Police commissioner Amitabh Gupta said, “Based on information received, the crime branch teams detained two persons from Indapur; they were subsequently placed under arrest. Of three assailants, Khaire was killed and now we have arrested two others. Among the possible motives, we are probing sand mining rivalry, old hostilities or dispute over territorial dominance.”

Referring to the fact that the area where the incident took place was only recently incorporated in Pune City Police jurisdiction, Gupta said, “This is a new area; the conflict zones of these criminals are mostly out of our jurisdiction. But we are making all efforts to fill these gaps.”

The arrested suspects have been identified as Pavan Misal (29), a crushed stone supplier, and Mahadev Adlinge (26) — both residents of Uruli Kanchan. Police said Adlinge is a historysheeter with cases of murder and attempt to murder registered against him while Misal has two cases under Arms Act registered against him. Their aide Khaire had a case of murder against him.

A part of sand mining and trading business, Jagtap was, in November 2011, arrested in connection with murder of two persons — Ganesh Sonawane and Ramdas Sonawane at Rahu village in Daund taluka, following dispute over sand mining from the riverbed. Jagtap was released on bail in this case a few years ago.

Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime) Ramnath Pokale said, “Both the cases in which Jagtap is accused of murder were fallout of sand mining territorial dispute. We are probing that angle in this case too. We are also probing as to who were masterminds behind the crime.”

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Jagtap had come near a hotel in Uruli Kanchan around 2.30pm on Friday along with his bodyguards, when a group of persons, including Khaire, reached the spot and allegedly opened fire at him. Jagtap and his bodyguards also fired in retaliation. Jagtap, two bodyguards and Khaire were taken to a hospital where Jagtap and Khaire were declared dead.

The shootout in broad daylight had caused panic in the area forcing the police to deploy a huge force there.

Police probe in the past has revealed that Daund, Shirur and Indapur talukas of Pune district have numerous illegal sand mining rackets in operation, especially in the Bhima basin riverbeds. These riverbeds are known to have good-quality sand, a commodity in high demand for its utility in construction projects. Over the last several months, the
Pune District Administration, Police, Forest Department and other agencies have launched a coordinated crackdown against these gangs.

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