The murder of an 84-year-old retired chief engineer Hari Vasudev Dhamdhere,who had worked on the Koyna Dam Power project,is yet another unsolved case that haunts the Pune police.
Dhamdheres body was found with stab wounds on the chest and neck by his son Rajiv and daughter-in-law Savita,when they returned home at 9.30 pm on March 24,2011. Cash worth Rs 3.2 lakh was also missing from the house. According to police findings,the money was from the daily collection of Rajivs gas agency.
Although police suspect the involvement of someone known to the family,there has been no breakthrough.
Police said the murder had been brutal and Dhamdheres body had more than 20 to 25 stab wounds. He was alone in the house at the time of the murder. An officer with the Dattawadi police station said they were still working on the theory that the murder was committed with an intent to rob.
According to the police,the victims wife and daughter-in-law had gone out of the house at 5.30 pm and his son left for a meeting soon after. At 7 pm,a gas agency employee came to hand over the daily cash collection and left around 8 pm. Police interrogation of 20 to 25 employees of the gas agency yielded no into the murder.