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Dighi murder: How friendly tenant became kidnapper, murderer

The two accused smothered the girl to death with a pillow in a room which is in the same building where the girl’s family lives

pune Updated: Jul 07, 2017 12:49 IST
Shalaka Shinde
The accused duo hatched a plan to kill the child and demand Rs.5 lakh ransom from her father.
The accused duo hatched a plan to kill the child and demand Rs.5 lakh ransom from her father.(HT Photo)

A day after the incident of the kidnap and murder of four-year-old Tanushka Amol Arude of Dighi came to light, police said the accused duo reportedly pretended to help the girl’s parents search the girl soon after killing her in the same building where the parents live.

Shubham Vinayakrao Jamnik (21) was sent to police custody till 11 July by Judicial Magistrate (first class) Jitendra Dengle of Khadki court on Wednesday for allegedly kidnapping and killing Tanushka Amol Arude (4) on June 28.

The duo, Jamnik, along with the other man arrested for the crime, pretended to help the girl’s parents look for her after they had killed her, the police said. Jamnik, along with one of his cousin, identified as Prateek alias Golu Arun Sathle (23), hatched a plan to kill the child and demand Rs.5 lakh ransom from her father, Amol Nanasaheb Arude, who owns a general store in Charholi area which falls under the Dighi police jurisdiction.

The two men smothered her to death with a pillow in a room where one of Jamnik’s other cousin brother lives which is in the same building where the girl’s family lives, said police sub-inspector, Harish Mane, the investigation officer in the case.

The two men stuffed her body in a rucksack and kept it in a Xylo car which was rented by Jamnik from a distant relative, said senior police officer, Khanderao Khaire.

By then, the parents of the girl had started looking for her and the two men joined in the search while her dead body was in the car parked in the premises of the house, added senior PI Khaire.

The police are yet to recover the car while the body and the clothes of the girl were recovered. PSI Mane said that around 3 pm on the same day, Jamnik took the car to Repatkhed in Akola district.

The parents of the girl had approached the police and filed a case of kidnapping against unknown people. That is when PSI Mane called Jamnik and asked him to return to Pune for questioning. “When he learned that the police is involved, he must have panicked and tried to burn and dispose off the body before returning to Pune for questioning,” added PSI Mane.

After hours of questioning, the duo confessed and told the police about the whereabouts of the burial site, said police sources. PSI Mane said that after their confession, Jamnik was taken to Akola in order to confirm the site, after which, he was arrested.

A local court in Akola granted a day’s transit custody to Jamnik on Tuesday while Sathle was remanded to police custody till 11 July by a court in Pune.