Nagpur: The alert Yashodhara Nagar police cracked murder of a man within hours of the crime. Incidentally, the two arrested accused turned out be the victim’s wife and her paramour.
It so happened that Yashodhara Nagar cops received information from Control Room around 7 am on Wednesday that body of a man was lying at a vacant ground in front of NIT Garden in Namdeo Nagar. A team of cops reached the spot and inspected the body minutely. The team found that wrist of the man was slashed and a razor blade lying nearby. A injury mark was on the victim’s forehead. Cops immediately came to know that the man was murdered. As the police team was enquiring about the identity of the deceased man with nearby residents, wife of the man came there crying and told the police that the deceased was Shekhar Ramesh Paunikar (26), resident of Kundanlal Gupta Nagar, and he was her husband.
On the basis of a complaint lodged by brother of deceased, Yashodhara Nagar police registered an offence under Section 302 of the IPC and launched probe. Upon interrogation of victim’s wife Rashmi Shekhar Paunikar (25), she revealed that her husband Shekhar went out after dinner but did not return home. But the cops smelt something fishy and detained her with the help of women police personnel and subjected her to intense questioning.
Finally, Rashmi spilled the beans and told police that her husband was liquor addict and mortgaged his motorcycle, and gold ornaments. He did not bring grocery and suspected her character. He used to beat her frequently. Fed up with the ordeal, she planned to eliminate her husband and the planning was going on since past two months.
In the meanwhile, the accused Rashmi developed friendly relations with accused Prajwal Ranjit Bhaisare (21), resident of Nari Road, MHADA Quarters, Jaripatka through Facebook. The friendship soon turned into love affairs and Rashmi decided to seek help of Prajwal for elimination of her husband.
Four days before the incident, the accused Rashmi met her paramour Prajwal and hatched a conspiracy to murder Shekhar. On Tuesday night, Shekhar as usual came to home drunk and after dinner went to sleep. Around 2 am, Rashmi contacted Prajwal on mobile phone and asked him to come to her house with motorcycle and a razor blade.
Later, both the accused killed Shekhar by strangulation and dumped his body at a vacant ground in front of NIT Garden in Namdeo Nagar. To confirm Shekhar is dead, the accused slashed wrist of Shekhar and smashed his head witha big stone. After finishing the ‘job,’ the accused Prajwal dropped Rashmi at her house and went to his own house.
Following the revelation of deadly plan and murder of Shekhar, cops took both Rashmi and her paramour into custody within four hours of the crime. Further probe is underway.
The swift action was carried out by Senior PI P J Rayannawar, API Pankaj Bondse, PSI Ulhas Rathod, ASI Prakash Kale, ASI Vijay Raut, and other police personnel including Deepak Dhanorkar, Vinod Solav, Gajanan Gosavi, Santosh Yadav, Nilesh Ghaivat, Laxmikant Barlinge, Naresh Modak, Vijay Lanjewar, Ratnakar Kothe, Aftab, Ganesh, Woman Police Sepoy Roshni Dahikar, under the guidance of DCP Zone 5 Harsh Poddar, and ACP P M Karyakarte.