PUNE: Within 12 hours after a history-sheeter, arrested for the murder of his wife, escaped from police custody on Saturday, a joint team of the Sinhagad Road police station and Crime Branch Unit 1 nabbed him in Kondhwe Dhawde. The suspect, Hrishikesh Rajesh Handal (23), is a resident of Manajinagar in Narhe.
A city court remanded him in police custody on Friday, a day after he was arrested. On Saturday morning, two constables and a driver took him to Sassoon General Hospital for a medical check-up in a police van. After the medical check-up, Handal was brought to the police lock-up at Faraskhana police station at 2.30 pm. As the two constables got down from the van and opened the door where Handal was sitting, he jumped from the van, pushed the constables and ran away. He was not handcuffed.
The two constables and others on the police station premises chased Handal but he quickly disappeared into the crowd near the famous Dagdusheth Ganpati temple. Later an FIR was registered against Handal with the Vishrambaug police station for escaping from custody.
The police team nabbed him in Kondhwe Dhawde around midnight.
He was earlier arrested by Sinhagad Road police station on Thursday for murdering his wife, Komal, at their residence. After killing Komal, he had applied lipstick to her lips and draped her in a new sari. In the last four years, Handal was booked and arrested for 10 serious offences.
The team which nabbed him included PSI Dinesh Patil, Harshal Kadam, and policemen Sachin Jadhav, Rizwan Jinedi, Prashant Gaikwad, Umesh Kate, and Ashok Mane. The Sinhagad Road police station team included PSI Girish Sonwane and policemen Sunil Pawar, Rahul Shedge, Dayanand Telange Patil, Datta Sonawane, Shrikant Dagde, Mayur Shinde, Nilesh Jamdade, Kishor Shinde, Harish Gaikwad, Nilesh Kulthe, Purushottam Gunla.