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Pune Crime: Teen strangulates friend over brawl

The 16-year-old, along with three accomplices, took his friend to Vardhana Ghat in a car where they allegedly murdered him and threw his body on Bhor-Mahad road

A 16-year-old boy, along with three accomplices, has been arrested for allegedly murdering his friend. The deceased, 21-year-old Nitesh Mohan Kesri (in pic) had been missing since September 11 and was found on Bhor-Mahad road on Wednesday morning. His elder brother had lodged a missing person complaint on September 14 at the Sinhagad road police station.

Nitesh Kesri
Nitesh Mohan Kesri

The juvenile, along with the three accused, identified as Praveen Chandrakant Khambe (20), Prashant Ramesh Waghavle (20) and Tushar Rajendra Jadhav (23), are residents of Dandekar Pul area and work as assistants at a private bank and jewellery store in the city. Nitesh was working at a lottery centre at Dandekar Pul and a resident of Vadgaon Budruk.

Inspector Sambhaji Nimbalkar from Dattawadi police station said, “The deceased and accused were friends and would meet regularly. The 16-year-old and Nitesh recently had a brawl over some issue, after which the boy planned to murder him. He called the other three and told them about his plan.”

According to police, on September 11, the four men called Nitesh at Vadgaon Budruk and took him to Vardhana Ghat in a car where they strangulated him with a cloth. They threw his body out of the car on the Bhor-Mahad road on their way back. It was not until September 15 that the body was found by Bhor police who informed cops in the city.

A team from Dattawadi police station reached the spot and identified Nitesh. Meanwhile, cops checked the call details of the deceased and his friends’ names came up, after which they were arrested. During interrogation, the four admitted their crime.

Boy murdered over land dispute

In yet another murder case, a seven-year-old boy, Amit Yadav Sonkamble from Hadapsar was allegedly murdered by his relative Jayshri Arun Kamble (22) on Monday, because of a land dispute in the family. The body of the boy was found floating in a canal in Phursungi area on Tuesday evening.

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