Pune: A magistrate court has ordered the Faraskhana police station to investigate the fire incident at an old wada in Shukrawar Peth in May, which led to the death of a 45-year-old trader Pravin Dwarkaprasad Bansal. The complainant has alleged that the fire was caused to take over the property. The order was issued on Wednesday under section 156 (3) of the Criminal Procedure Code by Judicial Magistrate (First Class) ND Meshram.
As per the petition, the property bearing Survey No 1532 situated at Shukrawar Peth admeasuring 228.3 sq mt belongs to Harihar Mandir Sansthan, Pune, and accordingly, the name of the said Sansthan is registered in the city survey records and the name of Harnarayan Pannalal Malpani is mentioned as panch of the said property.
An area admeasuring 13 by 44 at ground floor and 18 by 34 on the first floor was given by Harihar Mandir Sansthan to complainant’s father in 1949 on rent of Rs 605 per annum. That thereon from the year 1949 the petitioners runs a business of cutlery, stationery by name ‘Agrawal and Company’ and time to time pays the rent to the panch. After the demise of his parents, the complainant pays the rent of Rs 25,000.
“On May 2, I closed the shop at around 8.30 pm and went home. Initially, the cause of the fire was thought to be a short circuit, but the conduct of the accused persons in respect of the property as creating obstructing to the petitioner in regards to the property and attempting to dispose of the petitioner created doubts”, the complainant’s petition states.