PUNE: After five months of investigation, a tip-off received by the Crime Branch Unit II officials has helped them crack a murder case of an unidentified woman. The police have arrested one Rishikesh Gade (22) and booked his friend Vicky Jathar (25), who is already in Nashik jail in the case.
A partially naked body of a female with sixty percent burn injuries and weapon assault marks was found by the Kondhwa police in an open ground near Skypark building in Kondhwa on March 4. The police published pamphlets of the unknown body to trace her identity.
Recently, the police received information about the involvement of Rishikesh and Vicky in the case. Deputy Commissioner of Police Pankaj Dahane said there were three teams investigating the case and strong inputs were received by Assistant Police Sub-Inspector Uday More and accordingly, Rishikesh was arrested. “He has confessed to the crime along with another criminal Vicky Jathar,” added Dahane.
Assistant Commissioner of Police Suresh Bhosale said that on the day of the murder, Vicky called Rishikesh at the open ground. Vicky came to the spot with the victim who could only be identified as Rani.
“Vicky was unhappy about Rani hanging around with his wife as Rani was involved in the flesh trade. He warned Rani not to hang around with his wife. There was a minor scuffle between Rani and Vicky who attacked her with a sickle. After this Vicky and Rishikesh bludgeoned Rani with a stone. Rishikesh got petrol from his two-wheeler and set Rani’s body on fire,” the police said.
Police Inspector Satish Nikam of Crime Branch Unit II said Vicky, a history sheeter was sent to Nashik jail recently after he was booked under Maharashtra Prevention of Dangerous Activities (MPDA) Act.
“We are trying to collect more information from Vicky. The deceased stayed alone in Uppar Indira Nagar and none of her relatives have come forward in the case. Rishikesh too is a history sheeter involved in cases of robbery and rioting. He was booked under Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA)” added Nikam.
The police team included Assistant Police Inspector Ansar Shaikh.