The bullets fired by a sharpshooter on a local Shiv Sena leader, Vinod Raghuvanshi, were manufactured in Khadki Ammunition Factory in Pune, said Khargone police on Monday.
The police are now investigating how these bullets were supplied to the shooter, Rahul Maratha of Pune, who is currently on the run.
Raghuvanshi, a property dealer and the city vice president of the Shiv Sena, was shot at inside his office at Vishakha Colony on May 11. He suffered serious head injuries in the firing and is currently undergoing treatment at a hospital in Indore.
Based on the bullet shells found at the spot, police concluded that they were manufactured in Khadki Ammunition Factory. Police have also sent a letter to the factory to get any clue on how the bullets reached the shooter.
“Rahul Maratha is yet to be arrested and we have sent a team to Pune to nab him. We are investigating the supply of bullets to him from Khadki Ammunition Factory,” said SP (Khargone ) Amit Singh.
The attack on Raghuvanshi took place because of a dispute over Rs 25 lakh between him and one Golu Yadav and his family. Police sources said Golu’s uncle Rajendra Yadav had given a contract of killing to Maratha for Rs 80,000, and Rs 40,000 was paid as advance. The contract money was handed over to Maratha by Rajendra’s son, Nitin, in Pune.
Rajendra, Golu and Nitin have already been nabbed. Police also recovered the pistol used in the crime from Rajendra.
Tension prevailed in Khargone on Monday over the attack on two Shiv Sena leaders, including Raghuvanshi, within five days. Police forces have been deployed to maintain law and order.
Hindu groups call Khargone bandh
Some Hindu groups also called Khargone bandh on Monday, during which police detained five Shiv Sena workers on the charges of disturbing harmony.
“Some people were trying to disturb harmony of the city and they have been detained. Police have been deployed to prevent any untoward incident,” said the SP.