Pune: The Ahmednagar police on Monday formed a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe into the murder of two Shiv Sena leaders Sanjay Kotkar (35) and Vasant Thube (40), who were shot dead on Saturday in Shahunagar area of Kedgaon, hours after the result of a bypoll in Ward 32 of the Ahmednagar Municipal Corporation was declared.
The duo were shot by motorcycle-borne assailants on Saturday evening following which police arrested four persons in the case including MLA Sangram Jagtap, main accused Sandeep Gunjal (28), Balasaheb Kotkar and Bhanudas Kotkar. Speaking to Sakal Times, Additional Director General of Police (additional charge law and order) Bipin Bihari said that the SIT team is headed by Additional Superintendent of Police Rohidas Pawar who will be investigating the case under Superintendent of Police Ranjan Sharma.
Sources said PI Dilip Pawar from Local Crime Branch and PI (Cyber) Sunil Pawar will be part of the SIT to investigate the murder case. “The law and order is under control now and SP Ranjan Sharma is handling the situation. The locals had alleged that police officials were unable to handle the situation and so PI Abhay Parmar of Kotwali police station was suspended,” added Bipin Bihari.
Gunjal, who surrendered to the police, told the police that he committed the crime due to old rivalry and there is no political link to the killings.
Two more political leaders, Arun Jagtap (NCP) and Shivaji Kardile (BJP), have been booked in connection with the killings, according to the police. Congress’ Vishal Kotkar defeated Shiv Sena’s Vijay Pathare by 454 votes, with local Sena leaders claiming the killings were related to the widespread support their party garnered for the elections.
Meanwhile MLA Shivaji Kardile was arrested by the Ahmednagar police for vandalising the office of SP Ranjan Sharma. Talking to reporters, Kardile said he was falsely accused in the case and he does not have any role to play in the murder. The police have booked 250 persons in the case and had earlier arrested 22 persons for vandalising the SP’s office following the arrest of MLA Sangram Jagtap on Sunday.
The family members of the deceased demanded capital punishment for the accused involved in the case.