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He took the secret with him

mumbai Updated: Mar 04, 2010 01:48 IST
Rajendra Aklekar
Rajendra Aklekar
Hindustan Times
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He was the only one who could reveal the truth about why one of India’s most high profile politicians was killed.

And now that Pravin Mahajan is no more, the story about why he killed his older brother, Pramod Mahajan, is most likely to remain untold.

Pravin (50), who shot Pramod, on April 22, 2006, died at Jupiter Hospital in Thane on Wednesday. Pravin had suffered brain haemorrhage in December, a day before he was to return to prison after a 14-day furlough.

For many, the timing of Pravin’s collapse added to the mystery behind the story of the Mahajan siblings.

Only Pramod and Pravin knew what exactly transpired between them in Pramod’s living room that April morning before Pravin shot the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) general secretary.

Pravin surrendered to the police after the shooting. Pramod succumbed to his bullet injuries 12 days later. Pravin’s wife and teenaged children were ostracised by the family.

The hearing of the case was conducted in-camera. Nothing came out of the courtroom though several conspiracy theories were doing the rounds in political circles. A city court sentenced Pravin to life imprisonment in December 2007.

Lodged in Nashik Central Jail, Pravin was released on a 14-day furlough on November 27. He asked for time off from prison on medical grounds.

Pravin spent most of his time giving lengthy interviews to television channels. It was during one such interview that he collapsed after he suffered a brain haemorrhage.

Pravin was rushed to hospital where he slipped into coma. He was put on life support system and had been critical since.

Pravin was youngest of five siblings. His brother, Prakash, is a member of Shiv Sena. One of his sisters, Pradnya, is married to senior BJP leader, Gopinath Munde.

Pravin lived with Pramod 15 years ago. It was Pramod who chose Sarangi Pulliwar as Pravin’s bride.

The brothers, however, parted ways after Pramod’s rise in politics.

He started living in Thane with Sarangi, and their twin children, Kapil and Vaishali, but Pravin always felt Pramod had started ignoring his brothers after becoming an influential man.

The two often argued on this.

Pravin tried to settle down without his brother’s help by starting a business of supplying tiles to buildings under construction.

However, his business did not do too well and he entered the construction industry a few years ago.

Mahajan helped him financially but relations between the two brothers slowly turned sour.

In a statement to the police during investigations into Pramod’s murder, Pravin had said his brother always “ill-treated” him because he was poor. “I had to take an appointment to meet my own brother,” Pravin had said.