The kin of four youngsters, who were brutally murdered in Kurar village, Malad (East), in June, are likely to get financial help from the state government. Home minister RR Patil made this announcement in the legislative assembly on Friday that he would request the chief minister to consider giving monetary assistance to the affected families because they lost their earning members.
Uday Pathak and 12 others had kidnapped Dinesh Ahire, 23, Ganesh Karanje, 23, Bharat Pudle, 28 and Chetan Dhule, 24, all residents of Santarampada, Kurar on June 4 and their bodies were found at Kurar two days later. The police have arrested 13 people in the case.
MNS legislator Pravin Darekar and Shiv Sena’s Vinod Ghosalkar raised the issue during the question hour. They demanded compensation saying that the youth lost their lives because of the negligence by the local police officials, who had initially refused to register a complaint when the relatives of these young men had first approached them. The MNS and Sena legislators sought strict action to be initiated against the errant cops.
Patil said that the home department did not have a separate fund to provide for victims. “But since the murder victims in Kurar were the only source of livelihood for the families, I will request chief minister Prithviraj Chavan to offer monetary assistance from the chief minister’s fund to their family members.”
Minister of state for home Satej Patil said that one senior police officer was transferred while two others were suspended following this incident.
“The investigation in this case has been transferred to the city crime branch,” he said.