Pune: After 20 days of painstaking investigation, Khadak police solved a murder mystery of a man and arrested a youth based on the make of his two-wheeler. The murder was the fallout of argument between them after the deceased forced him to give him a ‘lift’ on the two-wheeler. Three others were arrested for stealing Rs 700 cash and the mobile phone of the deceased.
The deceased, Kachru Ganpat Gavli (32) of Bibvewadi was found lying in a pool of blood on the morning of June 4 near Mumbai Food Mall in Ghorpade Peth.
The police had two clues to identify the deceased: the name tattooed on his hand and he was wearing a belt usually worn by security guards. The police had to check with 60 private security agencies before they were able to identify Gavli and traced his family. Gavli worked as a guard at Mudra Society on Pune-Satara Road.
DCP (Zone I) Basavraj Teli said, “We formed four teams to identify the accused. They checked over 80 CCTV footages and zeroed in on a youth moving around on a black and white Honda Dio. We also interrogated 100 criminals who have history of being involved in robberies.”
Thieves loot cash, phone of dead body. The police also nabbed Mohammad Rizwan Ansari (35), Rafique Gafoor Shaikh (55), both natives of Bijnor in Uttar Pradesh, who currently resided at Shivajinagar railway station footpath, and Lala Mohammad alias Lala Chand Shaikh (56) of Khadki, for stealing cash and phone of the deceased. “These persons were moving around for burglary, when they found Gavli lying in pool of blood. They searched his pockets and found Rs 700 cash and a phone. They divided the money among themselves. Rafiq is a history sheeter. We have arrested three of them,” said Senior Police Inspector Rajendra Mokashi, in-charge of Khadak police station.
Dio gives clue
The police fanned out across the district and checked with Honda dealers for the white and black Dio. “We gathered details of 2,000 such vehicles. Then we visited owners of 116 such Honda Dios. On Monday, we nabbed the main accused Ashwin Vikas Gavli (19) of Ambegaon Pathar. Ashwin and Kachru are not related to each other, though they share the same surname,” added PSI Sanjay Gaikwad from the Detection Branch.
The police said Kachru consumed liquor at a bar in Budhwar Peth. He sat on the two-wheeler of Ashwin, who had come to the area and forced him to drop him till Swargate. “Kachru was well-built while Ashwin is short. The accused told us Kachru even hit him with his hand. While they were going, Kachru hit him with a bottle on the head. This enraged Ashwin who stopped the vehicle, took out a knife from the dicky and stabbed Kachru,” said Police Inspector (Crime) Sambhaji Shirke.
Ashwin is HSC-failed and unemployed. His father works with a private firm while mother is a housewife. A court has remanded him in police custody till July 2.