5 un­solved mur­ders keep cops busy

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

Ulhasnagar rail­way sta­tion got Rs1.8-crore es­ca­la­tor on plat­form num­ber 1 on Wed­nes­day. The sta­tion has also been spruced up with beau­ti­ful paint­ings on walls and pil­lars.

It has been one month since a driver from Pune al­legedly killed his wife and mi­nor daugh­ter and then dumped their bod­ies at Pan­vel and Uran re­spec­tively.

How­ever, the Pan­vel city po­lice have not been able to make any break­through in the case.

Af­ter re­ceiv­ing the miss­ing per­sons’ reports from Pune, the po­lice reg­is­tered a mur­der case af­ter two weeks of the in­ci­dent. But, the mur­derer is still on the run.

“Our teams are search­ing for the ac­cused at dif­fer­ent places in the state. But we have not found any clue about his where­abouts so far,” said a po­lice of­fi­cer. De­spite re­peated at­tempts, Su­nil Ba­jare, se­nior po­lice in­spec­tor of Pan­vel city po­lice sta­tion was un­avail­able for com­ments.

This is not the only mur­der case that has re­mained un­de­tected in the city this year.

Ac­cord­ing to the crime branch of­fi­cials, a to­tal of 17 mur­der cases were reg­is­tered by the po­lice in the first half of this year.

The po­lice have man­aged to de­tect only 12 cases. Five other cases are still un­solved.

The sce­nario is worse this year as com­pared to last year. 26 out of 27 mur­der cases reg­is­tered in the first six months of 2015 were solved by the cops.

An au­torick­shaw driver was found mur­dered at Kopar Khairane in the sec­ond week of April. In that case too, the po­lice have no clue about the cul­prits.

Satish Gaik­ward, se­nior po­lice in­spec­tor from Kopar Khairane po­lice sta­tion, said, “Since there is no ma­jor de­vel­op­ment in the case, we have de­cided to an­nounce a re­ward for the per­son/s who will give us in­for­ma­tion about the mur­ders. The re­ward will be an­nounced soon af­ter the dis­cussing with the po­lice com­mis­sioner.”

In yet an­other case, a 35-yearold driver, who had been miss­ing for two days, was found mur­dered at Taloja on June 14. The po­lice have not been able to solve the case.

“We are thor­oughly in­ves­ti­gat­ing the case. We are con­fi­dent of solv­ing the case soon,” said Ravin­dra Bhush­want, se­nior po­lice in­spec­tor of Taloja po­lice sta­tion.

RISHIKESH CHOUD­HARY

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