PUNE: Commissioner of Police Rashmi Shukla on Wednesday rewarded sleuths from Khadak police station for solving the murder mystery of a man after 20 days of a painstaking investigation. The police team was given Rs 30,000 besides commendation certificates.
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.
Later, police investigation revealed that the murder was the fallout of argument between Kachru and a youth Ashwin Vikas Gavli (19) of Ambegaon Pathar after the deceased forced him to give him a ‘lift’ on the two-wheeler from a bar to Swargate. Both of them are not related to each other and had met for the first time near a bar in Budhwar Peth. Three thieves were also arrested for stealing Rs 700 cash and the mobile phone of the deceased.
Khadak police solved the murder mystery after checking over 80 CCTV footages and zeroed in on a youth moving around on a black and white Honda Dio. During investigation, police teams gathered details of 2,000 such vehicles and visited owners of 116 such Honda Dio before zeroing on the accused whose grandfather owned the two-wheeler. The cops also interrogated 100 criminals who have a history of being involved in robberies.
According to the police, 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. 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.
DCP (Zone 1) Basavraj Teli sent a proposal to the commissioner for rewarding the team which cracked the case. Shukla rewarded the team members during the crime meeting of senior officials on Wednesday. The team members included Senior Police Inspector Rajendra Mokashi, Inspector (Crime) Sambhaji Shirke, API Umaji Rathod, PSI Sanjay Gaikwad, Anant Vyawhare and policemen Satish Nagul, Vinod Jadhav, Bapu Shinde, Vishwanath Shinde, Sandeep Kamble, Ashish Chavan, Aniket Babar, Sandip Malwadkar, Imran Nadaf, Ravindra Lokhande, Ganesh Satpute, Sagar Ghadge, Mahesh Kamble, Tanaji Sarde and Rahul Joshi.