Six months after the naked body of a senior citizen was found near Fergusson College ground, the accused in the case has finally been arrested. The Deccan Gymkhana police nabbed a teenage rag picker for the crime.
On June 2, Kishan Rawade (70), a former clerk in the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) and a resident of Pandavnagar in PMC colony, had gone out for his daily morning stroll from Chaturshringi to FC Road at around 5 am. Two hours later, a local resident reported that an unclothed body lay near the Fergusson College ground. The deceased was later identified as Rawade.
Argument to murder
When police called Rawade’s son for questioning, the latter told him his father had had a bitter quarrel with Kaluram alias Shrikant Sunil Pawar (18), a rag picker and a resident of nearby Wadarwadi. When police went to the area, Pawar was missing.
The needle of suspicion pointed strongly at Pawar and police started searching for him. Police finally managed to arrest him from nearby Sambhaji Park on Sunday.
Senior Police Inspector P A Chougule of Deccan Gymkhana police station said, “Pawar is a rag picker and a drug addict. A day before the murder, Rawade had verbally abused Pawar when the latter was picking up alcohol bottles from his area. So angry was Pawar at the insult that he decided to murder Rawade. He spilled the beans that the man would often abuse him for picking up empty liquor bottles from the area.”
After the murder, added Choughule, the accused fled to Tuljapur, Kolhapur and Solapur. Police said Pawar was a petty thief owing to his drug addiction and that he was arrested on a tip-off. The modus operandi of the murder and mystery about the missing clothes are yet to be ascertained.
Pawar was produced in court yesterday and remanded in police custody till Thursday.