The Mumbai crime branch has initiated a parallel probe into the triple murders of a Dalit family at Pathardi, Ahmednagar, in a bid to help solve the case at the earliest.
The official probe continues to be underway with a special task force (STF) formed specially to probe the murders.
Sources in the crime branch said this was being done taking into consideration the sensitivity of the case and the repercussions it could have for the newly formed state government.
The murders have already created a political uproar, and despite forming the STF to probe the murders, there has been no headway even two weeks since the incident came to light.
The crime branch is currently looking into technical evidence in the case and sources from within the team said they are trying to zero-in on possible suspects.
“We are looking into the various aspects in the case taking into consideration its sensitivity. However, it is just a parallel probe, the STF is probing the case officially,” an IPS officer with the Mumbai police told HT on condition of anonymity.
Sanjay Jadhav, 42, his wife Jayshree, 38, and 19-year-old son Sunil were allegedly killed and their bodies cut into pieces by unidentified people on the night of October 20.
Their bodies were found dumped in a well near their house in Javkheda village in Pathardi taluka of Ahmednagar district nearly two weeks ago.
Although some villagers have indicated that a land dispute may be the reason behind the triple murders, the real cause is still under investigation, officials said.
The family, according to the police, owned a small farm in the village and also worked as land-tillers to earn their living.
Officials said the police were looking into a number of angles including the suggested property dispute, personal enmity or any strained relationship to locate the suspects.