Pune’s land dealer suicide case: Day after FIR, Mankar is ‘out of coverage’
While Mankar could not be reached for a comment, Ankush Kakade, NCP’s spokesperson, has assured Mankar’s cooperation in the police investigation.Updated: Jun 05, 2018 14:41 IST
A day after police booked him for abetment to suicide, Deepak Mankar, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader and corporator, has gone incommunicado. Police is now searching for him.
Along with Mankar, who was not at his residence nor was he reachable on his mobile phone, Sudhir Karnataki has also gone incommunicado after being booked in the case.
“Mankar’s house is along law college road. We have not found him yet,” said RN Mohite, senior police inspector of Samarth police station.
Meanwhile five persons arrested in the matter were remanded to police custody by a local court. The five persons, identified as Vinod Bhole, Sudhir Sutar, Amit Tanpure, Atul Pawar and Vishant Kamble, were sent to four days in police custody by a local court, even as the police recommended seven days in police custody, according to Pravin Mundhe, deputy commissioner of police, Zone-2.
Ramdas Khomane, police inspector, Khadak police station, is investigating the case.
Land dealer Jitendra Haribhau Jagtap, 53, had allegedly committed suicide by jumping in front of an oncoming passenger railway train on Saturday night. Jayesh Jitendra Jagtap, the deceased man’s son, filed a complaint against Mankar after a suicide note signed by Jagtap was found in his office located in the disputed land. The piece of land is located across the road in front of Samarth police station.
The five arrested men were seen in a photograph clicked by the Jayesh. The photo, according to his complaint, was clicked when Bhole arrived at the deceased man’s office, along with the four others, to threaten him.
The men represented Mankar who was asking Jagtap to hand over the development rights of the land. Jagtap has been handling the financial dealings of the land for the past 10 to12 years and was promised a flat and Rs 1 crore for clearing the land owned by Mankar, said Jayesh. However, in the past three to four months, Mankar held several meetings with Jagtap and wanted to get rid of him for Rs 10 lakh, according to Jayesh.
“I met him on Monday after he had a meeting with Mankar. He had mentioned this issue to me,” said Shailesh Jagtap, the deceased man’s brother and head constable at Lashkar police station.
While Mankar could not be reached for a comment, Ankush Kakade, NCP spokesperson, has assured Mankar’s cooperation in the police investigation.