Pune: Shiv Sena leader was murdered over land dispute, say cops

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Police have zeroed in on the suspects with the help of CCTV footage from Shiv Sena leader Raju Darshile’s office, where he was shot

Primary investigations into the murder of Shiv Sena leader Raju Darshile (45), in Punawale on Saturday night, have revealed that it was the fallout of a land dispute. Police have zeroed in on the suspects with the help of CCTV footage obtained from the spot, and are confident they will nab them soon.

Raju Darshile was in his office at Punawale when the attackers shot him dead
Raju Darshile was in his office at Punawale when the attackers shot him dead

Darshile was shot dead by three unknown men on Saturday around 9 pm at his construction site office on the Punawale-Jambhe road. The suspects had arrived on a two-wheeler and entered his office on the pretext of asking for drinking water.
Darshile was in his office with two of his employees. When one of the employees went inside to bring water and glasses, the suspects opened fire at Darshile. Three bullets hit his head while one hit his stomach. The attackers fled the spot immediately. Darshile was taken to a hospital, but was declared dead on arrival by  the doctors.

According to the police, Darshile’s relatives have alleged that one Sachin Kudale is behind the murder. The relatives say Darshile and Kudale had some dispute between them. Kudale is serving a sentence in the murder of Jalinder Temgire, the deputy sarpanch of Jambhe village. He was recently released on bail and there is another case against him for attempting
to murder another villager, Prakash Parkhi. Police are probing whether there is a connection between all these incidents and Kudale’s involvement in them.

Assistant Commissioner of Police (Crime) Rajendra Bhamare said, “Prima facie the murder was the fallout of a land dispute between the deceased and the suspects. We have got the CCTV footage of the spot, in which the suspects can be seen firing on Darshile. We are also tracing the two-wheeler which was used by them to commit the crime. Our teams will find their whereabouts soon and we will arrest them.”

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