The Kurar police have said Uday Pathak, the main accused in the quadruple murders in Malad, has so far managed to escape their clutches and they are hoping his mobile phone records will give some indication of his location.
Police said they traced Pathak to three locations in and outside the city with the help of a phone tracker, but by the time they reached the spot, Pathak had escaped. “His phone records can also help us ascertain whether the woman who lodged a complaint against him on Saturday, the day the four men went missing, was providing him with an alibi,” said a senior police officer, requesting anonymity.
Pathak and his men had kidnapped Chetan Dhule, 24, Dinesh Ihire 26, Ganesh Karanje, 24, and Bharat Kudle, 27, taken them to a hillock in Kurar village and murdered them.
The police have detained around 15 men from Kurar village who were acquainted with Pathak. “These men were close to Pathak and may know where he is,” the police officer said. The police have so far arrested five persons for their involvement in the gruesome murders.
Following a petty fight with the deceased, Pathak and his gang decided to take revenge. He got the four victims kidnapped from different locations and ferried them to a secluded spot in the jungle. Sources said Pathak’s gang members were unaware of his intentions and thought the four would only be beaten up. It was allegedly Pathak who slit the throats of the four men before fleeing. He has several serious offences including that of murder and extortion registered against him.
The police are also trying to track down the other men involved in the murders. The five arrested men have been sent to police custody till June 15.