PUNE: Investigation by the Hinjawadi police into the murder of a woman and her child last week has unearthed involvement of another person.
A police official said that the man named by the accused person was in West Bengal and not in Pune on the day of the incident.
On Saturday night, Datta Vasant Bhondve (30) had allegedly got his wife Ashwini (27) and son Anuj (8 months), residents of Darumbre village in Maval taluka, murdered by contract killers on Nere-Jambe road. Bhondve told the police that robbers had attacked them but he managed to escape unhurt.
However, after investigation, the police arrested Bhondve, his alleged girlfriend Sonali Balasaheb Jawle (24) whom he wanted to marry and Prashant Jagan Bhor (25) and Pavan Narayan Jadhav.
According to the police, Jadhav’s brother Sawan (25) was also involved in the murder. “Jadhav had told the other accused to name one Nasir Ul from West Bengal as the killer and not his brother. During investigation, we learned that Nasir is not involved. On Tuesday night, we arrested Sawan,” said Senior Police Inspector Arun Waykar, in-charge of Hinjawadi police station.
According to the police, Bhondve had a love marriage with Ashwini in 2014. They have a three-year-old daughter, besides the deceased baby.
A week ago, Ashwini and the two children had gone to her mother’s place at Dange Chowk. On Saturday around 8 pm, Bhondve went to get them back. Their daughter stayed back with Ashwini’s sister. After dinner, Bhondve, Ashwini and their son were going back to Darumbre, when Bhondve stopped the car because he was unwell. He told the police that two men came there and threatened them with sharp weapons. They made him drive on the Nere-Jambe road and strangulated Ashwini and the child to death with rope.
Bhondve and his girlfriend had promised to pay the killers Rs 2.5 lakh and had already paid Rs 50,000.