Patient surveillance, painstaking investigations yielded rich dividends to the cops of Ganeshpeth Police Station on April 18, 2016.
The accused is identified as Salim Khan Gaffur aged 33 years and a resident of the footpath near Ganesh Tekdi Mandir. The accused was arrested on April 18, 2016 and detained for further investigations.
According to police sources, On April 9, 2016, complainant Narendra Damodhar Katole noticed the dead body of a man, aged approximately 35-40 years near the Channel Gate under the porch of the school. The dead body was bloody and had deep wounds in his chin.
On the basis of the complaint, the Ganeshpeth Police Station had registered a case under section 302 of Indian Penal Code against an unidentified accused.
The Cops of the Detective Branch of Ganeshpeth Police Station who were investigating the case had started making discreet enquiries in and around the crime spot. The cops had also kept a closed surveillance in and around the area where the crime had occurred and all the places where the deceased had lived and worked.
After recording statements of all the localities who lived in and around the area, it came to fore that the murder was a result of a very petty reason.
The cops noticed that one of those who was noticed frequently in Santra Market and Empress Mill area was missing from the date of the murder. The cops found out the suspected accused used to live in the foot-path near Ganesh Tekdi Temple and was said to be rival in the business of labour supply which the deceased or murder victim used to be involved in.
Finally when the cops tracked the suspected murder accused, they noticed that the accused had a big wound. When the cops enquired how he got hurt or received the big wound, the accused gave unsatisfactory replies and tried to misguide the cops. When the cops brought the suspect to the police station and put the him under sustained and intensive questioning, the accused blurted out the truth.
The cops found that since the deceased and the accused were both involved in acquiring or procuring labour for various employees in and around the city, a rivalry existed between the accused and the deceased especially related to the commission that they earned.
On the fateful day, the deceased had consumed alcohol and when he met the accused both of them had a verbal duel. The verbal duel soon reached violent proportions. The accused claimed that the deceased had attacked the accused and a physical altercation ensued.
However, since the deceased was handicapped and had limited used of his left side limbs, the accused overpowered him and attacked him with liquor bottle, stones, wooden baton and killed him. In this violent altercation, the accused too had received serious injuries.
On the basis of the guidance of Commissioner of Police S P Yadav, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone-3) Abhinash Kumar and Assistant Commissioner of Police (Kotwali) ACP Bhagat, In-Charge of Ganeshpeth Police Staion, Senior Police Inspector S R Katale, Assistant Police Inspector A P Taksande, Police Constable Madhukar Shirke, Nayak Police Constable Anand Wankhede, Nayak Police Constable Ajay Giradkar, Nayak Police Constable Praveen Gorte, Police Constable Sharad Chambare and Police Constable Anant Gormate had successfully unraveled the murder mystery and arrested the accused.