Pan­vel dou­ble mur­der: Cops form two teams to nab ac­cused

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­times.com

It’s been al­most 20 days since a man from Pune killed his wife and mi­nor daugh­ter and then dumped their bod­ies at Pan­vel and Uran. The po­lice have not been able to ar­rest the ac­cused so far.

Both the Pan­vel and the Uran po­lice wasted the ini­tial two weeks as­sum­ing it to be ac­ci­den­tal deaths and took no ef­fort to in­ves­ti­gate the mat­ter.

It was only af­ter re­ceiv­ing the miss­ing per­sons’ re­port from Ji­jure in Pune, the Pan­vel po­lice started look­ing at the in­ci­dents from a dif­fer­ent an­gle and fi­nally reg­is­tered a mur­der case un­der sec­tion 302 of the In­dian Pe­nal Code on Thurs­day night.

Worse, even af­ter 48 hours of reg­is­ter­ing mur­der case against the ac­cused, Sh­ri­mant Na­gar­goje, the po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tions have not seen much devel­op­ment so far.

The Pan­vel city po­lice have sent two teams to look for the ac­cused at dif­fer­ent places, but they are still clue­less about his where­abouts.

“The ini­tial med­i­cal re­ports sug­gest that the ac­cused killed his wife Sushma and six-yearold daugh­ter, Priya us­ing some chem­i­cals. But, when Sushma’s body was found on Kalam­boliJNPT road on June 13, there were in­jury marks on it. We think, the ac­cused ran a ve­hi­cle over her body to show that she died in an ac­ci­dent,” said a po­lice of­fi­cer from Pan­vel city po­lice sta­tion.

Priya’s body was found on Uran road on June 14.

“There was no in­jury marks on the girl’s body and hence we could re­al­ize that it was a mur­der. There­fore we reg­is­tered an ac­ci­den­tal death case,” a po­lice of­fi­cer from Uran po­lice sta­tion said.

The vic­tim’s fam­ily mem­bers who came to reg­is­ter the com­plaint at Pan­vel, told the po­lice that af­ter com­mit­ting the crime and the ac­cused called them and in­formed about the mur­ders.

“The phone num­ber of the ac­cused has been switched off,” said Su­nil Ba­jare se­nior po­lice in­spec­tor of Pan­vel city po­lice sta­tion.

Asked about the mo­tive be­hind the crime, an in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer said, “We have learnt that the ac­cused had an ex­tra-mar­i­tal af­fair with a woman from Pune. That led to fre­quent quar­rels be­tween the ac­cused and his wife. This could be one of the rea­sons be­hind the mur­der.”

Navi Mum­bai po­lice com­mis­sioner Hemant Na­grale on Satur­day fe­lic­i­tated two traf­fic con­sta­bles for saving an en­gi­neer­ing stu­dent’s life who was in­jured in an ac­ci­dent on Palm Beach Road last month.

San­jay Kam­ble, 43, and Rahul Pan­halkar, 30, at­tached to Sea­woods traf­fic unit, were on duty when Pratik­shit Sa­reen, a res­i­dent of NRI Com­plex was hit by bike on June 4. Sa­reen and the biker were in­jured badly.

“With­out wast­ing time, Kam­ble and Pan­halkar stopped one car and took both of them to DY Patil hos­pi­tal,” said Arvind Salve, deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice (traf­fic). “It’s be­cause of the timely ac­tion taken by our con­sta­bles the man reached the hos­pi­tal dur­ing the golden hour,” said a traf­fic of­fi­cial.

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