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Bandal murder accused held

The Social Security Cell of the police has arrested the main accused, Rohidas Chorge (37), in the MNS leader Sandip alias Anna Bandal murder case. 

Bandal was killed in Kothrud in 2008. Chorge had escaped in February 2011 from the Sassoon General Hospital, where he had been taken for treatment from Yerawada jail.

Senior Police Inspector Bhanupratap Barge of the Social Security Cell said Chorge was the sarpanch of Vangani village in Velhe taluka and Bandal was an MNS leader in the same taluka. Barge said Chorge and an accomplice are accused of murdering Bandal on February 7, 2008. “After the murder, Chorge was arrested and lodged in Yerawada Central Jail, but he managed to escape from Sassoon in February last year,” Barge said.

Chorge was also wanted in a firing incident outside the Shivajinagar court in February this year. Vijay Karke, a friend of a witness in the Bandal murder case, was shot at by four assailants in the incident. Karke survived the attacked.

Barge said they received a tip-off that Chorge would be visiting a temple near Wangani village yesterday. “We laid a trap and arrested him,” he said.

The police also arrested two people involved in the court firing. They were identified as Shwetang Nikalaje and Vishal Dhamale. 

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