Police officials said Jondhale was attacked by persons who were armed with weapons like swords and choppers.
Soon after the news about Jondhale’s murder broke out, party workers from the nearby area started gathering at Jondhalenagar, following which a heavy police bandobast was deployed in the area to avoid untoward incidents in the area.
“Around 10.45 pm on Monday, when Jondhale was on his way home, five people came and attacked him with sharp weapon and fled the spot,” Inspector Raghunath Jadhav of the Hadapsar police station said.
He said the suspected attackers were identified as Vicky Jadhav, Vicky Patil, Vaibhav Bhadale, Akshay Ingulkar and Shreekant Atole, all residents of Jondhalenagar. All five were booked under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code.
Jadhav said the primary motive behind Jondhale’s murder appeared to be enmity between the deceased and the accused, but the exact cause would be ascertained only after a detailed investigation.
An official from the Crime Branch said that a few days ago, Jondhale had reprimanded few youths for sitting with girls in front of his residence and ordered them not to occupy that space ever again. After this incident, some unidentified youths threw petrol-soaked cotton balls, after setting them on fire, at Jondhale’s residence following which he lodged a complaint at the Hadapsar police station.