From a bodybuilder to a local gangster in a few years, Sharad Mohol, has shot to further infamy after he killed Indian Mujahideen operative Quateel Siddiqui in Pune’s Yerawada jail on Friday.
Twenty-seven-year-old Mohol first came on police’s record in January 2010 when he allegedly killed a criminal, Kishore Marne. In the next two years, Mohol had six cases of serious crime against him, forcing the police to slap stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (Mcoca) against him.
Until Friday, when Mohol along with his accomplice Alok Bhalerao strangled Siddiqui to death, the list of crimes against Mohol included two murders, extortion, theft, and a case under the arms act. On Monday morning, Mohol and Bhalerao had brawl over some petty issue with Siddiqui. The brawl turned into major scuffle, with the duo strangling Siddiqui with a drawstring.
Mohol had killed Marne over a rivalry emerging out of the murder of his relative and gangster Sandip Mohol, and soon formed his own gang of seven to eight people. The gang, according to the police inspector instrumental in nabbing him, was operating in the Pune-Lonavala belt.
“Mohol wanted to become big in the world of crime. In a short span, he formed his own gang to become a don,” said an inspector from the crime branch.
On February 19, Mohol and his accomplice Bhalerao, were arrested by the anti-extortion cell near Warje Malwadi for his alleged involvement in kidnapping Dasve village sarpanch for a ransom of Rs47 lakh in October last year.
After spending a fortnight in police custody, Mohol and Bhalerao were sent to Yerawada prison, where they were kept in the high security ‘anda cell’, where Siddiqui was also being held after being brought from Delhi.
A police inspector said on the condition of anonymity said Mohol was on the police’s encounter list. “Had Mohol resisted during his arrest, he would have been killed in encounter.”