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Crime branch launches hunt for Vijay Palande’s aide ‘Bafna’

The crime branch has launched a hunt for a person called ‘Bafna’ who is alleged to have left 12 live cartridges at the flat of murder accused Vijay Palande. The cartridges were found during a search last week.

mumbai Updated: May 21, 2012 01:25 IST
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The crime branch has launched a hunt for a person called ‘Bafna’ who is alleged to have left 12 live cartridges at the flat of murder accused Vijay Palande. The cartridges were found during a search last week.

A senior crime branch official told HT on Sunday that Palande revealed during interrogation that the cartridges, along with a gun, had been left by one of his acquaintances almost a year ago at his rented flat in the Oberoi Springs building. He identified the person as Bafna. Some months back, Bafna came back and took away the gun while leaving behind the ammunition, Palande is reported to have said.

“We are verifying Palande’s claims as well as trying to ascertain and trace this person (Bafna). In all likelihood, he appears to be a criminal, since the bullets, of .9mm bore, are prohibited. Such bullets are not meant for circulation in public (to weapon licensees).” From the size of the bullets, the police have concluded that they either belonged to a pistol or a carbine.

Joint commissioner of police, crime, Himanshu Roy had stated that the ammunition was found concealed in a duct at Palande’s rented flat. Following the recovery, Palande was booked under the Arms Act and has been remanded to police custody by a magistrate’s court.

Sources in the crime branch told HT that the ammunition was recovered during a search conducted at Palande’s residence to trace the missing property documents of Anuj Tikku, son of Arun Tikku.

Palande had allegedly planned to murder Anuj by a drug overdose and subsequently grab his property, estimated to be worth over Rs. 50 crore.

Palande used to live in the flat along with Simran Sood, who he had introduced as his sister. He was paying more than Rs. 50,000 per month as rent.