Couple sustains gunshot wounds in fight over flat

Feb 25, 2013, 02:00 IST | A Correspondent

High drama ensued at a building in Vadgaon Budruk on Saturday evening when a couple turned up to take possession of a flat they allegedly purchased, but which already had some tenants who were taken in by the previous owner residing in it.

Suresh Vitthal Kamble (47) and Laxmi Vitthal Kamble (42) turned up at Shanti Plaza hoping to get the tenants shifted so that they could take possession of the flat. Little did they know that the tenants had a gun in the house and the matter could take a dangerous turn. 

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Scare tactics
Sandhya Anil Kusumbkar and Rasikant Manohar Vadke, the father-daughter tenant duo residing in the flat, entered into a verbal spat when the Kambles turned up. The argument turned physical and soon Sandhya went inside only to return with a 0.22 calibre pistol. She allegedly fired in the air, which led to the Kambles who feared for their lives to try and wrestle the firearm away from her grip.

In the melee that followed, the Kambles sustained one gunshot each to the leg and were hospitalised. The police booked Sandhya and Rasikant under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and are currently waiting to check the documents to establish who owns the flat presently.  Personnel from Abhiruchi Police station said that Ashalata Suresh Shinde owned the flat and had rented it out to one Babasaheb Dabhade. 

Striking a deal
He in turn subleased the flat to Vadke, and his daughter Sandhya also used to stay there. Shinde and Dabhade frequently had spats over the flat being sublet to the father daughter duo and allegedly sold the flat to the Kambles on Saturday. When the couple went to take possession of their new flat, the fight ensued. Namdevrao Kawthale, API, Abhiruchi police station said, “The couple sustained a bullet wound each to the leg, but they are doing well in hospital. We have booked Sandhya and Vadke under Section 307 of Indian Penal Code and relevant sections of the Arms Act.”

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