Three years on, it was the same place but different cars, weapons, “killers” and “victims”.
Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) officials on Friday recreated the killing of Congress leader Pawanraje Nimbalkar at Mumbai-Pune Expressway approach road in Kalamboli in 2006.
Joint Director CBI (Western Zone) Rishiraj Singh was also present while a forensic team from Delhi conducted investigation.
At 4.25 pm, the team reached the spot with a white Skoda, the same car model owned by Nimbalkar, and an Indica similar to the one used by the killers.
What followed then was as per the statement of arrested murder suspect Parasmal Jain.
Two men sat in the Skoda, one posing as the driver and the other as Nimbalkar, while four men sat in the Indica.
The vehicles started moving towards the approach road, and as the Skoda took the turn towards the Expressway, the Indica overtook it and forced it to halt.
Three men, two armed with “pistols”, approached the Skoda and pumped “bullets” into the man posing as Nimbalkar in the back seat, and the “driver”.
The men then started walking towards their car but returned to fire again at the driver and “fled” in the Indica.
The Skoda, meanwhile, moved a little more towards the right, as the “dead” driver’s foot moved away from the brakes.
The scene was reenacted six times over two hours.
The CBI sleuths took measurements and left at 6 pm.
“This was scientific evidence collection which is part of our investigation. This is done to verify if what the criminals have told us is possible,” Singh said. “In this case we wanted to see how the vehicles stopped and the trajectory of the revolver.”
Traffic was halted several times and the local police had to ward off curious onlookers.