Pune: The most livable city in the country, Pune, saw a broad daylight shooting. The victim was shot at just 50 metres away from the gate of Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU).
The person who was shot at has survived and has been identified as Sameer Yenpure, 39, a resident of Mehendale Garage in Erandwane, Kothrud. The attack was carried out following a feud related to the removal of a pan shop owned by the accused Shukracharaya Madale, 35, also a resident of Erandawane, Kothrud.
Dayanand Dhome, Police Inspector of Chatuhshrungi police said, “Madale came on a motorcycle and shot at Yenpure who had stopped his scooter at the traffic signal of University Chowk at around 11:30 am. He fled from there via Pashan Road but was later arrested at Bavdhan by the Hinjawadi Police.”
Dhome said that the accused and victim both belong to the same area.
Three months ago, Pune Municipal Corporation officials removed Madale’s pan shop, which was illegally stationed near the residential premises of Yenpure. The shop was removed during an anti encroachment drive, but Madale assumed that the shop was removed on the complaint of Yenpure and was irked.
“The accused was very much annoyed with Yenpure on the basis of his assumption and planned to kill him. On Saturday, he followed Yenpure from Erandwane and shot at him when he stopped at the University traffic signal,” added Dhome.
Yenpure survived as the bullet just grazed his head. He was initially admitted to the Ratna Memorial Hospital situated on Senapati Bapat Road and later was shifted to Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital in Erandwane where he is undergoing treatment. According to the police, he is reported to be out of danger.
Soon after the attack, a police wireless message was sent by the control room to all police stations across the city which facilitated arrest of the accused.
Shivaji Gawar, Police Inspector, Hinjawadi police station, said, “After receiving the wireless message, we immediately created a blockade in the area and managed to arrest him in Bavdhan.”