A member of the Republican Party of India (RPI) was murdered by four persons in Thane on Thursday.
Shiva Jaiswal, 44, and his brother Hemant, 29, left home on their scooty and were accosted by Pappu Kurade, his brother Sunil and two others near Balsara Company in Kisen Nagar-2, Wagle Estate.
“Kurade brothers made Jaiswal and his brother get down from the two-wheeler. They took Jaiswal aside and attacked him several times with a knife. He had multiple wounds on his head, chest and stomach. He was immediately rushed to Jupiter Hospital but was declared dead before admission,” said deputy commissioner of police (zone V) Ashok Morale.
Jaiswal’s body was sent to the Thane Civil Hospital for post-mortem.
Initial reports pointed towards political rivalry being the cause of Jaiswal’s murder as Sunil is associated with the Nationalist Congress Party. The police, however, denied that the murder was politically motivated.
“Prima facie, it doesn’t seem that the motive behind the murder was political rivalry. It seems to be personal enmity. But the exact reason will be known after we arrest the accused,” said Morale.
The Shree Nagar police have registered a case of murder but not arrested anyone yet. They have formed three teams to nab the accused.
Jaiswal had five cases registered against him at Thane Nagar police station under the Copyright Act, Indian Penal Code for selling obscene and pirated CDs. He is survived by his wife and a daughter.