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Prime accused in Sena corporator’s murder arrested

Sawant was stabbed multiple times when he was returning home on January 7, allegedly because of a dispute with the main accused

mumbai Updated: Mar 16, 2018 00:33 IST
Jayprakash S Naidu
Jayprakash S Naidu
Hindustan Times
Mumbai,Mumbai crime,murder
The two accused

The Samta Nagar police on Wednesday, arrested 42-year-old Jagdish Pawar, alias Jagya, the prime accused in the murder of former Shiv Sena corporator Ashok Sawant.

Pawar’s aide, Abhishek Mane, 28, was also arrested. The duo was caught in Nerle village in Sangli district, nearly 380kms from Mumbai after the police intercepted a bus on a highway. On January 7, Sawant, a two-time corporator, was stabbed to death near his Kandivli (East) apartment while returning home.

The police had arrested six persons – Sohail Dhodiya, 30, former assistant sub-inspector Deepak Hanawate, 50, along with four others, including a minor. Pawar and Mane were on the run for nearly two months.

Senior inspector, Anil Mane, said, “Acting on a tip off, we arrested them from Sangli. The duo was produced before a court and has been remanded in our custody till March 23.” Before this, the duo was in places such as Kolhapur, Raigad, Pune, Goa and Virar. The police teams were behind them but the duo had switched off their mobile phones.

Apart from Sawant’s murder, Pawar was booked for another murder in 1992. Mane a high school dropout, has an assault case against him.

Sawant had complained about extortion calls and threats from Pawar in 2017. Sawant had complained against Pawar to the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (Mhada) against an illegal hall because of which Pawar had to pay huge penalty, the prosecution submitted.

A sessions court recently rejected the bail application of two of the other arrested accused. The prosecution referred to the Bhima-Koregaon violence and told the court there will be law and order problems if the accused are released on bail.

First Published: Mar 15, 2018 14:51 IST