A DAY after the death of disgraced police inspector Arun Borude, the police are yet to make any significant headway in the case.
While the suicide theory is gaining credence among sections of the police force, they are struggling to eliminate the many plausible reasons for the dismissed cop having been murdered.
Additional Superintendent Sunil Kadsne said Borude was walking along the tracks for about 15 minutes while talking to his elder brother Prakash.
He was heading in the direction of Srirampur from Belapur railway station in Ahmednagar district.
Prakash told the police that he was trying to dissuade his brother from committing suicide and was alarmed when he heard a train in the background.
"According to Prakash, Borude told him that he wanted to commit suicide as he was disgraced. He said he did not have a future in the police force anymore. That does make the suicide theory seem true," Kadsne told MiD DAY.
Borude had, earlier, sought safe sanctuary with his sister at her house in Narsle Village about eight kilometres from the accident spot.
Railway Commissioner Tukaram Chavan, too, said the accident theory seemed the more plausible one. He said evidence pointed to Borude throwing himself at the train and then being flung away, only to hit his head on a rock.
"Borude fell on his head after he was flung by the speeding train around 12.45 pm. He was still alive when the locals rushed him to the Kamgar Hospital at Shirdi where he was declared dead around 4 pm," said Chavan.
There are, however, several questions the police will have to find answers for before attempting to present a watertight case.
Police sources say Borude was under pressure to protect some senior officials who could be involved in the sex racket.
This, they say, is evident from the fact that the Powai police was hesitating to register a case against him more than a month after the case came to light.
Sources said there are also reasons to suspect that the members of his sex syndicate orchestrated his death.
"An investigation by the Central Bureau of Investigation might unearth the truth," said a senior police officer from Mumbai.
Borude and his family members were also reportedly planning a 15-building residential colony at Nighdi near Nashik, which was expected to yield good returns.
"Why would he kill himself when he knew he was going to make good money soon? It wouldn*t matter if his career in the police was over then," added the officer.
Meanwhile, the crime branch and the local police in Srirampur have launched a massive search for Borude*s service revolver, which has gone missing.