Di­a­mond mer­chant’s mur­der: Two ar­rested on Satur­day

For­mer PA of hous­ing min and a sus­pended con­sta­ble held

The Free Press Journal - - FRONT PAGE - PRIYANKA NAVALKAR

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.

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