A day after Shiv Sena shakha pramukh was murdered, the police nabbed eight people yesterday in connection with the gruesome killing. Bibwewadi police arrested the eight suspects on charges of murdering Dayanand alias Deva Namdev Khandekar (36) at Pasalkar chowk in Upper Indira Nagar on Sunday night. The arrested accused have been identified as Mazhar Maksood Shaikh (20), and Sajjad Makbar Shaikh (20), both from Shivrajnagar; Rafiq Babulal Shaikh (22), Rafiq Ibrahim Shaikh (25), and Sunil Kakde (22), from Kondhwa; Praveen Prakash Pawar (26) of Parvati Darshan; Sunil Raju Kakade (25), and Rahul Prahlad Nitnavare (26), both from Hadapsar.
Khandekar’s wife Shabana (32) had registered an FIR against the accused at the Bibwewadi police station. According to the police, Shabana in her complaint, stated that a few days prior to his killing, Khandekar had got into a fistfight with the accused, and had thrashed them after he spotted them passing obscene comments at some women in Bibwewadi.
“Following the fracas, the accused hatched a conspiracy and started keeping a tab on Khandekar’s movements. On Sunday night at 9pm, Khandekar was walking home with his son after purchasing footwear from a local store. The suspects confronted Khandekar and a quarrel ensued. They started thrashing Khandekar with sticks and smashed a big stone on his head. Khandekar was seriously injured in the attack and succumbed to his injuries before he was admitted to Sassoon hospital,” said Police Inspector Shailendra Shinde.
Khandekar hails from Solapur and had shifted to the city 12 years ago. He used to work as a labourer and is survived by his wife, two daughters and a son. Meanwhile, Shiv Sena leaders Gajanan Kirtikar, Dr Neelam Gorhe, Chandrakant Mokate and others took out a morcha to Bibwewadi police station yesterday to protest against the killing of Khandekar. A heavy police bandobast was deployed in the area to prevent any untoward incident during the protests Incidentally, on March 25, 2004, Shiv Sena shakha pramukh Tushar Dake and his brother Atul were brutally murdered by six persons in the same area.