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Lonavala murders: Mobile trail traps man who bludgeoned, robbed students 

A police Special Investigation Team (SIT) solved the murders Sarthak Wakchoure, 22 and Shruti Dumbre, 21, who were killed with their hands tied behind their back on April 3. Robbery was the motive of the accused. He was arrested on the basis of mobile phone calls made.

pune Updated: Jun 12, 2017 12:40 IST
Sarthak Wakchoure and Shruti Dumbre, who were killed, were final-year students of Sinhgad Engineering College, Lonavala.
Sarthak Wakchoure and Shruti Dumbre, who were killed, were final-year students of Sinhgad Engineering College, Lonavala.(HT PHOTO)

More than two-and-a-half months after the crime, a Special Investigation Team (SIT) constituted to probe the Lonavala double murders of two engineering college students, claims to have cracked the case after the arrest of one person on Sunday.

Sarthak Wakchoure, 22, and Shruti Dumbre, 21, students of Sinhgad Institute, Lonavla, were murdered on April 3 with their hands tied behind their back at an isolated spot in Lonavla.

According to senior officers, the police arrested Asif Shaikh, a criminal on record, and are looking for another suspect. Shaikh has confessed to killing the two students, the police said. 

“Shaikh has some minor cases of theft against him,” Vishwas Nagre Patil, special inspector general (IGP), Kolhapur range, told Hindustan Times . 

Patil said teams have been dispatched to catch the other suspect.

The police has arrested one suspect, Asif Shaikh and is on the look out for another suspect. (HT PHOTO)

Senior officers said the intention behind the murders was robbery. with Shaikh confessing to having killed the two students. Another officer said the suspects also tried to sexually assault Dumbre. When she raised an alarm, the suspects murdered both of them, the police said.

The police claimed to have cracked the case based on call record details. 

The police found both the victims’ mobile phones had been stolen. 

They tracked the suspects using the mobile tower location.

 A student of mechanical engineering at the Sinhgad engineering college, Lonavala campus, Wakchoure was a resident of Rahuri in Ahmednagar. Dumbre, from Otur in Pune, was pursuing a course in computer engineering at the same institution. They were both final year students. 

According to his friends, Wakchoure was an artist aspired to serve the country by joining the defence forces. 

“He always wanted to join the Indian Army and had recently appeared for an exam. At the core though, he was artist, who made two documentary films,” said his friend. 

With classes coming to an end and college gathering just ending, the two had planned an outing. Dumbre, who used to stay on the college campus hostel, had told her friends that she was going out with a friend and would return late.