Nagpur: In a significant move, investigation into sensational murder of senior architect Eknath Nimgade by an unidentified scooter-borne assailant on Lal Imli Road near Central Avenue on September 6 has officially been handed over to Crime Branch, sources said.
Ripples were created when the architect and valuer Eknath Nimgade, in his 70s, was fired upon eight bullets from close range. He succumbed to his wounds around noon in Mayo Hospital. The septuagenarian, who sustained five bullets injuries, was later declared dead at Mayo hospital. The victim had apparently anticipated an attack on him but never approached cops despite an extended legal tussle over a property on Wardha Road. Police had seized four empty 7.62mm bullet cases from the spot that are believed to have been fired from a Mauser. One bullet is believed to have punctured tyre of a car belonging to a family whose residence was close to the spot where Eknath was shot. Prima facie police feel that the murder is likely fallout of a property dispute over a five-and-half acre land on Wardha Road. Names of builder Anil Nair, Umesh Gupta and owner of travel agency Maqsood Ali Siddiqui who had been dealing with Eknath have come to fore.
Similarly, the investigation into the firing incident at Omkar Nagar in which a chicken trader was fired upon a bullet is likely to be handed over to Crime Branch. Four masked goons riding an Enfield Motorcycle and a Black coloured Honda Activa had approached Yashin Quereshi Mohammed Hashim aged 30 years and a resident of Plot No 414/415 New Mhalgi Nagar, Behind Besa Power House and fired at him at around 12:15 pm on September 12. The victim Yashin Quereshi Mohammed Hashim aka Hashim Kanpuria who runs a Ajmeri Chicken and Mutton Shop had come to meet his friend Sagar Chandrashekhar Mishra whose house is situated hit behind the Shyam Beer Bar near Omkar Nagar Square. When the victim was speaking to Sagar Mishra, the assailants approached the victim and allegedly fired at him.