Shiv Sena leader shot dead in Lonavla; two detained
The assailants also stabbed Shetty, son of former Sena leader Umesh Shetty, in his neck with a sharp weapon before they fled the spot at around 9am. The police later detained one person, who is being interrogated.Updated: Oct 26, 2020, 19:45 IST
Former Shiv Sena local unit chief in Lonavla Rahul Shetty was shot dead on Monday morning a few metres from his house, police officials said.Two suspects have been detained by the Lonavla police in connection with the murder, who are being interrogated at the police station.
Rahul Shetty is survived by his mother, ex-corporator wife Saumya Shetty, a son and daughter. Saumya is the complainant in the case.
Pune rural SP Abhinav Deshmukh, said, “Two suspects who have been named in the FIR have been detained in connection with the murder. They have been indentified as Suraj Agarwal (43) and Deepali Bhilare (45). Prima facie their involvement and a previous rivalry has come to the fore. Rahul Shetty earlier was the city unit president of Lonavla and previously had as many as seven criminal cases, like attempt to murder and other crimes, lodged against his name at the Lonavla police station.”
According to the police, two unidentified persons shot three bullets at Shetty, 43, while he was at tea stall near his house at Jaychand chowk in Lonavla, a hill station around 60 kilometres from Pune city. “One of them fired three rounds at Shetty when he was outside his tea shop,” said Deshmukh.
The assailants also stabbed Shetty, son of former Sena leader Umesh Shetty, in his neck with a sharp weapon before they fled the spot at around 9am. “We have recovered the CCTV footage of the area. The motive behind the attack is being investigated,” said Deshmukh
Police officials said that Shetty had sustained bullet injuries on head and chest. He was lying in a pool of blood when some people rushed him to a nearby private hospital. However, he was declared dead on arrival.
His relatives and friends said that Shetty had informed the Lonavla city police station after receiving indications that he might be killed.
Shetty’s father Umesh was also killed around 30 years ago in Lonavla as a result of personal enmity.
Police inspector Manoj Kumar Yadav said, “The killing could be due to bitter rivalry regarding the behaviour of the victim in a 2012 case wherein he almost escaped death. The two sharpshooters involved in that incident are still at large and they had taken money to kill Shetty.”
Meanwhile in another incident, one Ganesh Naidu was killed with sharp weapons near Hanuman Tekdi on Sunday around 10pm. One of the assailants also sustained injuries in the incident and he is undergoing treatment at a hospital. Lonavla city police are investigating both the incidents and are searching for the accused.