Pune: Rural Police have released a sketch of two suspects involved in the murder of Milind Madhukar Manerikar (50), a farmhouse manager in Wadgaon Maval. The manager was shot at by unidentified assailants on July 22 morning 9.30am near Sankalp Farms in Vahangaon in Maval taluka.
Police have prepared the sketch of two suspects based on the description given by an eye-witness of the incident. The suspects had worn a mask while committing the offense and their bike had no number plate, which has led to a block in identifying them and further investigation in the case.
Based on the eye-witness account, police have released sketches of the suspects with masks and conceptual visuals of them without masks. Police have appealed to citizens to share any information related to the suspects and or the murder case with the Wadgaon Maval police station or Pune Rural police office or on 9767438098 with Police Inspector Suresh Nimbalkar. Police have also sent the sketches to all police stations in the city and district and also published them on all social media platforms for wider reach.
Manerikar, a resident of Talegaon Dabhade died on July 29 while he was undergoing treatment at a private hospital after sustaining three bullet injuries on his abdomen during the assault. The reasons behind his murder are not known yet and police have failed to make any arrests in this case so far. Pune Rural police have filed a FIR under section 302 (murder) against the unknown suspects in this case.
Manerikar was travelling in a car with his friend Chetan Vijay Nimkar from Talegaon and they were headed to the farmhouse. Manerikar was driving the car when two unknown masked men on a bike approached them on the pretext of getting directions to a location. When Manerikar rolled down the window to talk to them, the pillion rider on the bike fired several shots at him.
The assailants escaped from the spot immediately and have been absconding since then. The number plate of the bike they used was missing. Pune Rural police are suspecting two reasons behind the murder including past rivalry and financial dealings, however no progress has been made so far on the investigation front.