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Land dealer’s suicide: NCP ‘star’ Mankar may lose lustre

The body of Jitendra Haribhau Jagtap, 53, a land dealer and a resident of Ghorpade Peth, was found in two parts on the railway tracks near Hadapsar railway station.  

pune Updated: Jun 04, 2018 17:20 IST
Shalaka Shinde
Shalaka Shinde
Hindustan Times, Pune
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Jayesh Jagtap, complainant and son of deceased.(HT PHOTO)

The empty plot in Rasta Peth is central to the case of abetment to suicide of a land dealer registered against Deepak Mankar, corporator of Kasba peth.

The body of Jitendra Haribhau Jagtap, 53, a land dealer and a resident of Ghorpade Peth, was found in two parts on the railway tracks near Hadapsar railway station.

"A few years ago, Mankar promised a flat and ₹1 crore to my father for the 69 guntha(1.724 acre ) plot. Recently, he wanted to pay ₹10 lakh and take over the complete rights of the land,” said Jayesh Jagtap, 28, son of the deceased land dealer. Jayesh is not aware, however, if there is a paper trail to support these claims.

According to the police, Mankar has a history of land-grab cases against him. "We know about a similar case which came to light, 7 years ago. We are looking for the history of other such cases against him," said Mohite, senior police inspector. A front-runner for the position of Nationalist Congress Party’s (NCP) Pune unit chief, Mankar was acquitted in a similar case registered in 2009 in which he was accused of grabbing the land of professor Yashwanth Natu in Shukrawar Peth.

"We save lives but this is how our family members get treated," said Shailesh Jagtap, brother of the deceased and a head constable at Lashkar police station in Pune.

In his complaint, Jayesh has mentioned that one man among a group of people who came to his father’s office on Sunday had asked him to capture the moment as his father’s last moment as the manager of the property.

Despite repeated attempts, Mankar was unavailable for comments. Mankar, Suresh Karnataki and Vinod Bhole have been booked along with 7 others in the case.

While the deceased mentioned about the land dealings in his suicide note, Mankar's intention for the land remains unclear. It remains to be seen as to who stakes claim to the land in Jagtap's absence.

First Published: Jun 04, 2018 17:19 IST