In their bid to trace Anil Anantrao Borkar (45), a cab driver from Shivajinagar who had gone missing along with the he was driving car six months back, the Shivajinagar said the driver was murdered by history-sheeters from Tamil Nadu, as Borkar had allegedly duped his killers of Rs 6 lakh.
Borkar’s family had registered a missing person’s complaint at the Shivajinagar police station after he failed to return home from Mumbai where he had gone to drop a few passengers in January. A driver by profession, Borkar’s employer too registered a case against him for not returning his car.
“We received a call from the Tamil Nadu police in March, informing that the vehicle was traced in the jurisdiction of Neyveli Thermal Power police station in Cuddalore district. They also said that the car was recovered from a gang of dacoits who were in planning to execute a dacoity,” API Mahesh Sartape of Shivajinagar police station said.
The Tamil Nadu police officials, however, said they wee unable to locate Borkar. Sartape said that the took the dacoits into their custody and it was during interrogation that one of them, Cuddalore resident Devmani Sanugam (27), confessed to killing Borkar by strangulating him with his six of his accomplices on January 7. He said they dumping Borkar’s body near Shindewadi on the Pune-Satara Road.
Sanugam said Borkar owed them Rs 6 lakh and was not ready to pay them. Hence they killed him and fled with the car so that they could sell it and recover the amount. Officials said Sanugam has several cases, including murder and robbery, registered against him in Tamil Nadu.
“The body was discovered by officials of the Rajgad police station. But since they could not ascertain its identity, they performed the last rites after waiting for a few days,” Sartape said. Officials then showed the pictures of the deceased, taken by Rajgad police station officials, to Borkar’s family following which his identity was ascertained.
A FIR has been registered against Sanugam and his six accomplices under Sections 201 (destroying evidence), 302 (murder), 364 (abduction for murder) and 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code. A magistrate court remanded Sanugam in police custody till July 12.