Pune local finds victim's car near his home
After a local from the Konwa area of Pune called up the police to notify them that the vehicle of Karan Kakkar, the 28-year-old aspiring producer from Amboli who went missing on March 5, was parked close to his residence, the police were able to recover the vehicle, a BMW, on Sunday afternoon.Updated: Apr 16, 2012 01:23 IST
After a local from the Konwa area of Pune called up the police to notify them that the vehicle of Karan Kakkar, the 28-year-old aspiring producer from Amboli who went missing on March 5, was parked close to his residence, the police were able to recover the vehicle, a BMW, on Sunday afternoon.
The local identified the vehicle from its registration number, which had been flashed on television news channels.
"The vehicle was recovered from one Rahul Mane. One of the accused in this kidnapping case, Vijay Palande claims that Mane is a friend as well as a relative. After the RTO inspection of the vehicle culminates, it will be brought to the city," said Pratap Dighavkar, deputy commissioner of police, zone 9.
The main accused, Palande alias Karan Sood, is currently behind bars with his aides Dhananjay Shinde and Manoj Gajkosh in connection with the murder of a senior citizen in Lokhandwala. The police also arrested Simran Sood, a small-time model-cum-actress in connection with Kakkar's disappearance.
According to the police, the car was handed over by Palande and Shinde to Mane on March 9. While sources said nothing was found inside the car, its registration number was unchanged.
It has been learnt that Mane is the brother-in-law of a prominent Pune-based lawyer, Harshad Nimbalkar. Nimbalkar, the police said, had contested to have Palande bailed in a double murder case in which he had been convicted for nine years in 2000.
"We will question Mane and Nimbalkar to check if they have any connection with the kidnapping," said an official from Amboli police station.
Nimbalkar, however, told HT, "The car was left somewhere close to Mane's residence. It was not found with him."
He denied having any direct connection with Palande. "I do not know Palande personally. Someone referred his case to me and I got him bailed somewhere between 2007 and 2009. As professionals, we do not have anything to do with the client and are bothered only about the charge sheet. Who remembers all the clients?"
"The police are welcome to question me, but I do not think it is necessary," he added.
First Published: Apr 16, 2012 01:22 IST