An Ulhasnagar corporator has, in an alleged threat call to a builder, claimed to have got Naresh Aasandas Pahalajani alias Naresh Chaddi, notorious gangster, killed “like a dog”. He also claimed that he was responsible for getting former MLA Pappu Kalani, an accused in the Bhatija brothers’ murder case of 1990, arrested.
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Godhumal Kishnani (right) allegedly made the admission in a threat call to Dinesh Jawalirani. Pics/Navneet Barhate
Chaddi was found dead under mysterious circumstances at his apartment in Kalyan’s Khadakpada area on February 2 this year. His family claimed that he had been murdered, but police registered an accidental death report, instead. Chaddi was a key witness in the Bhatija murder case.
On Saturday, local builder Dinesh Jawalirani (45) registered a complaint with Central police that on June 25, Bhoja Sharma, an aide of Ulhasnagar corporator from Congress Godhumal Kishnani, met him at his house and told him to meet the neta. “When I visited Godhumal’s house, he started abusing me and threatened me with a gun. He questioned how I had set up a repairs shop on the Kalyan-Ambernath road without his approval,” Jawalirani told mid-day.
He alleged that Kishnani tried to extort R5 lakh from him. But the builder refused to be cowed down.
On July 14, Kishnani called up Jawalirani, dropping down his extortion payment demand by half. “I recorded the phone conversation as evidence,” said the builder. During the threat call, which was in Hindi, the corporator allegedly warned him: “Tumko toh pata hai na Naresh Chaddi ko aisa marwa diya jaise kutte ki maut mara ho”. To convey his sense of power, he added that he had sent Kalani behind bars.
mid-day has a copy of the recorded conversation.
Armed with his recording, Jawalirani approached the police and filed a case against Kishnani and Sharma.
The case has been registered under sections 385 (putting person in fear of injury in order to commit extortion), 294 (obscene acts or words), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace) and 506(2) (criminal intimidation) of the IPC.
The Thane police said they are scrutinising the recording. “We have booked the corporator and registered an extortion case against him. We will check the audio clip before taking any action against him,” said Ashutosh Dhumbre, joint commissioner of police, Thane.
Cops ignored us, alleges brother
Raju Pahalajani (50), Naresh Chaddi’s brother, said the police had ignored the family’s charge of murder. “Naresh had written to the Thane police in December 2015 that he was facing threats from Godhumal Kishnani. After he was found dead, the report from JJ Hospital, too, stated that his body has injuries. I informed the police about it, including the DCP and other crime branch sleuths, but they ignored it. At least now, they should take action based on this (audio recording) evidence.”
Wounds on body
The post-mortem examination report by JJ Hospital’s Dr A H Meshram and Dr D J Sangle had stated that Chaddi had contusions and abrasions on his body. The histopathology, chemical analysis and accessory examination reports are still awaited, only after which the final death report can be prepared.
Who was Naresh Chaddi?
His was a former associate of Pappu Kalani who was wanted in 10 criminal cases in Ulhasnagar division, including a bomb blast. He surrendered in 2012. He was a key witness in the Bhatija brothers’ murder case. Chaddi’s name shot in the limelight in April 2010 after a text message was sent to BJP leader Eknath Khadse and then Thane police commissioner Anil Dhere, stating that the gangster was planning to plant bombs across the city. Khadse raised the matter in the Assembly.