PUNE/AHMEDNAGAR: The situation remains tense in Ahmednagar district after two workers of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) were shot dead by three unidentified men in Jamkhed in the district on Saturday evening. The incident comes barely three weeks after two local Shiv Sena leaders were killed in a similar manner in the district.
The NCP workers Yogesh Ambadas Ralebhat (30) and Rakesh Arjun Ralebhat (23), both residents of Jamkhed, were standing on the main road of Jamkhed town, nearly 75 km from Ahmednagar, when the three assailants came on a motorcycle and fired about nine rounds on them at 6.20 pm outside an eatery, district Superintendent of Police Ranjankumar Sharma said. He added that a country-made weapon was used in the shooting. Eight bullet casings were recovered from the area. The police have deployed over 200 extra police personnel in the area as a precautionary measure.
The police said that after the assailants fled, some people informed Yogesh’s brother Krishna who rushed to the spot and shifted them to Jamkhed rural hospital and then to a private hospital in Ahmednagar as their condition deteriorated. However, both of them succumbed to injuries.
According to the police, Yogesh was a former secretary of the NCP’s youth wing and Rakesh was an executive committee member and office-bearer of the party’s Jamkhed unit in Ahmednagar. Both Yogesh and Rakesh had fights with some people several times in the last one year over putting up political flex boards. However, no complaint was filed by any of them.
Krishna (34), brother of Yogesh, has filed an FIR in the murder case and named one Govind Gaikwad and his five accomplices for their alleged involvement. “Rakesh told me about the killers including Gaikwad who are from Ulhas Mane group,” Krishna told police.
“We are probing the matter and looking into all possible motives. We have formed 15 teams in the case,” said Dy SP Sudarshan Munde of Karjat sub-division.
On Sunday, NCP had called a bandh in the district to protest against the murder and worsening law and order situation in the district.
Chandrashekhar Ghule, Nationalist Congress Party Ahmednagar district president, said, “In the last three years, 12 inspectors have been changed here. At present, there is an officiating officer. Such is the condition in the constituency of the district guardian minister. We will keep Jamkhed bandh till culprits are arrested. Shinde must resign from his post.”
Prof Madhukar Ralebhat added, “The accused Gaikwad was involved in firing in Loni in Jamkhed three weeks back. Jamkhed police had nabbed but let him go saying toy pistol was recovered from him. Had there was serious probe then, these murders could have been avoided.”
RAM SHINDE ESCORTED OUT IN AN AMBULANCE
District Guardian Minister Ram Shinde visited the government hospital in Ahmednagar on Saturday night when the bodies brought there. Angry supporters of the two deceased NCP workers shouted slogans against the minister outside the hospital premises. The police had to escort him out in an ambulance from the back door from the hospital, where he was confined for about an hour.
ALL-PARTY MEET ON MONDAY
NCP has called for an all-party meet in Jamkhed to discuss the future course of the protest. The bandh called by NCP on Sunday received a huge response in Jamkhed with market remained closed in most parts.