Two NCP members killed in Jamkhed near Pune
Weeks after two Shiv Sena leaders were murdered in Ahmednagar, another incident has come to light wherein two members of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) were shot dead by bike-borne assailants in Jamkhed area in Ahmednagar district around 6:30pm on Saturday.
A case in the matter was registered a day after the incident at the Jamkhed police station. The two deceased NCP members were identified as Yogesh Ambadas Ralebhat, 30; and Rakesh Arjun Ralebhat, 25; both residents of More Vasti in Jamkhed, Ahmednagar.
Govind Datta Gaikwad, a resident of Telangshi area of Jamkhed, was named as the prime suspect in the double murder. He was booked along with four-five unidentified men, who arrived on motorcycles.
"In Jamkhed, Yogesh Ralebhat and Rakesh Ralebhat were out in the evening to drink tea. Few unidentified people arrived on a motorcycle and two of them fired shots at them. They all had a white cloth covering their faces, making it difficult for us to identify them," said Sudarshan Munde, deputy superintendent of police, Kartaj division. He was among the senior officials who rushed to the spot after the incident was reported. Rohidas Pawar, additional police superintendent, Shrirampur, was also among the officers who visited the spot.
He is heading the five-member special investigation team (SIT) formed to investigate the double murder of Shiv Sena leaders in Kedgaon area of Ahmednagar.
The police have formed and dispatched 15 teams in order to find the assailants. The teams comprise 15 officers and 75 police employees, according to a statement issued by the office of Ranjankumar Sharma, superintendent of police, Ahmednagar.
A case under Sections 302 (murder), 120(b) (criminal conspiracy), 143 (unlawful assembly), 147 (rioting), 148 (rioting with deadly weapon), 149 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Sections 3/25 and 27 of the Arms Act was registered around 5:45 am on April 29 against Gaikwad and four - five others at the Jamkhed police station.
This the second such incident in Jamkhed area this year. Right after the Panchayat election results, a doctor and a medical shop owner were shot at in Jamkhed area on February 1. "In the previous case, a chargesheet will soon be filed. The assailant in that case has been arrested. This case will also be concluded soon," said DySP Munde, while speaking to the media on Saturday night.
A bandh was called by the NCP members in the area on Sunday. Market and public areas were shut on Sunday, bringing daily life to a standstill. In order to avoid a law and order situation, 10 officials and over 100 employees of the local police and State Reserve Police Force (SRPF) were deployed on the streets of Jamkhed on Sunday.