NCP MLA among 4 arrested in Ahmednagar for double murder of Shiv Sena leaders

There is heavy police deployment in Ahmednagar which continues to be tense following the double murder of Shiv Sena leaders on Saturday.

pune Updated: Apr 09, 2018 15:35 IST
Shalaka Shinde
Shalaka Shinde
Hindustan Times, Pune
NCP MLA,Ahmednagar,Shiv Sena
Shops in Ahmednagar’s main markets remained closed on Sunday following a bandh called by the Shiv Sena.(HT Photo)

Police booked 31 people and arrested four men among them including an MLA of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) early Sunday after two local Shiv Sena leaders were murdered Saturday evening.

NCP MLA Sangram Jagtap was arrested along with Sandeep Gunjal, Balasaheb Kotkar and Bhanudas Kotkar, police said. Gunjal is the prime suspect.

The Ahmednagar police booked the four under various sections of the Indian penal code (IPC) including Section 302 for murder.

Jagtap’s arrest infuriated NCP workers who stormed the office and of the superintendent of police and ransacked it. There is heavy police deployment to prevent a deterioration of law and order situation but the city continues to be tense.

“There is a law and order situation in the area and I cannot reveal many details to you,” said police inspector A Parmar of Kotwali police station who is investigating the double murder.

Shiv Sena deputy head in Kedgaon, Sanjay Kotkar and another leader Vasant Thube were killed after being shot and attacked with sharp weapons on Saturday evening.

The murder sparked off tension in the Shahunagar area of Kedgaon and shops and commercial establishments quickly downed their shutters.

Shiv Sena supporters staged a protest at the murder site for hours and blocked the police from removing the bodies before they eventually relented. Traffic on Pune-Ahmednagar bypass was stopped for a short while after the attack after Sena members held a rasta-roko protest on Saturday evening.

The double murder came on the heels of Congress leader Vishal Kotkar winning the civic bypoll for Ward 32 (Kedgaon) of the Ahmednagar Municipal Corporation. The bypoll was necessitated after the mayor former mayor Sandeep Kotkar, also Congress member, was convicted in a 2008 murder case.

The shops in the main market area of Kedgaon like Manik Chowk and Bhagwan Chowk remained shut on Sunday following a bandh called by the Shiv Sena’s local unit.

First Published: Apr 08, 2018 11:24 IST