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Tainted cop, one more arrested for diamantaire murder

Tuesday, December 11, 2018
By Tariq Khan

The Pant Nagar police  arrested two more accused in connection with the murder of Ghatkopar-based diamond merchant Rajeshwar Udani (57). One of them is suspended Police Constable Dinesh Pawar who is the prime accused in the case as a contract killer and the other accused has been identified as Pranit Chuma Bhoir (20) who drove the car involved in the criminal conspiracy. Both the accused will be presented in court today, with the cops pushing for police custody as they want to question the duo and get more details. Four more people are likely to be arrested in the case. Sachin Pawar, a state minister's former personal assistant, is already in police custody till December 14.

The matter came to light on December 7, when Pant Nagar police registered a murder case after Udani's body was recovered. He had gone missing near the Vikhroli traffic police outpost on the Eastern Express Highway (EEH) on the night of November 28, after informing his family that he was going to meet a woman, said police.

ACP Lakhmi Gautam, formed a special team comprising ACP Bajrang Bansode, PI Jitendra Sonawane, API Vijay Sandbhor, API Sachin Kadam, API Avinash Pore, API Santosh Kamble, PSI Amol Ambawne, PSI Amit Yadav, PSI Rahul Waghmare and others, under the supervision of Akhilesh Singh, Deputy Police Commissioner (Zone VII) to investigate the case. Police Constable Dinesh Pawar was arrested on December 7, in the 2014 rape case. He was produced in the Vikhroli Magistrate Court due to completion of his custody, as he is also the main accused in the murder of Udani.

Pawar has alleged that he was brutally tortured by the police while being interrogated in the rape case. Magistrate Ashraf Dhanivale asked Pawar to show the wounds and later rejected his contentions, sending him to judicial custody till December 21 in connection with the rape case. After the rejection of his application, police asked for police custody in connection with the murder of Rajeshwar Udani. In response, the court ordered police to register Pawar as an accused in the said case and then produce him in the court on police remand.

According to police, the primary reason for the murder of Udani was Sachin Pawar's anger with him regarding the businessman's interest in his girlfriend. Sachin is the conspirator and he contracted Dinesh Pawar to kill Udani. Police are also questioning the bar girl used as a “honeytrap” to ascertain her role in the crime.

Suspended Police Constable Pawar had been arrested on Friday night in connection with the 2014 rape case. He used to run a gym called STG Gym in Ghatkopar where an employee had lodged a complaint of rape. “He had made false promises of marriage to the staffer,” said a senior officer.

DCP (Zone VII) Akhilesh Singh said, “We are questioning  several people including popular television actress Debolina Bhattacharya. No one has been given a clean chit right now. Investigations are in progress.”

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