On a day when the Powai police filed the chargesheet in a minor’s rape case with dismissed police inspector Arun Prabhakar Borude, 54, as an accused, the absconding former encounter specialist died under circumstances that are still being investigated.
Borude was found lying critically injured near the railway tracks at Srirampur in Ahmednagar district on Wednesday. He died before being admitted to a super specialty hospital in Shirdi. It was not clear whether Borude’s death was an accident, a suicide attempt, or a murder.
Police are waiting for postmortem reports and eyewitness accounts to arrive at a definite conclusion.
Himanshu Roy, joint commissioner of police, crime, said a speeding train is believed to have hit Borude while he was near a level crossing at Srirampur around 11.45am. Locals found him lying near the tracks with multiple injuries on his chest, shoulders and head. He was rushed to Kamgar Hospital at Ahmednagar, but since his condition was critical, he was shifted to a super specialty hospital at Shirdi on doctors’ advice. “He was declared dead before arrival at the hospital in Shirdi,” said Roy.
Additional superintendent of police, Ahmednagar, Sunil Kadafne said Borude’s brother, Prakash, identified him. Borude’s police identity card was also found on him. There is no news of his wife and daughter, who had accompanied him when he disappeared last month, almost a week after his name cropped up in the rape case.