Diamond merchant’s murder: Two arrested on Saturday
Former PA of housing min and a suspended constable held
The Pant Nagar Police have arrested two persons on Saturday in connection with the murder of diamond merchant Rajeshwar Udani, 57.
The arrested accused have been identified as Sachin Pawar, the former personal assistant of Prakash Mehta, the state housing minister, and suspended constable Dinesh Pawar. A police team picked up Sachin from Nainital, while Dinesh was picked up from Mumbai. The Pant Nagar Police have also recorded the statement of a TV actress, Devoleena Bhattacharjee, along with three other girls, who are suspected of having a role in the murder.
According to police sources, Sachin was in the business with Udani, as both wanted to venture in the entertainment industry. Even though Sachin is not in contact with Mehta, he continues to be an active member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). November 28: Rajeshwar Udani leaves home November 29: Rajeshwar's son Ronak files a missing complaint at Pant Nagar police station. December 4: Panvel Taluka Police find an unidentified body at Dehrang dam. December 7: Ronak identifies body. December 8: Sachin Pawar and suspended constable Dinesh Pawar arrested
A police officer said that call data records (CDR) revealed Sachin had called 13 times on the day Udani disappeared. On the basis of this information, police had earlier questioned Sachin but since they had no concrete evidence against him, they let him go. Police also seized Sachin’s white car, which they suspect was used to commit the crime.
Acting on suspicion, police had sent a team in mufti, to tail Sachin in Nainital. “On November 28, when Udani had gone missing, Sachin’s CDR shows his location in Panvel, where Udani’s body was found in a decomposed state,” the police officer said.
Manjunath Singe, deputy commissioner of police (operations) said, “Our officers are still conducting enquiries. Only when these are complete, a suitable decision will be taken.” Police suspect there were two motives behind Udani's murder- a financial dispute and Udani having bad intentions for Sachin's female friend.