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Two Shiv Sena leaders shot dead in Pune’s Ahmednagar

The two men were shot at and also attacked with sharp weapons while they were riding a two-wheeler, according to local reports.

pune Updated: Apr 08, 2018 11:24 IST
Shalaka Shinde
Shalaka Shinde
Hindustan Times, Pune
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The double murder happened on a day when a Congress member won the local bypolls in the area, where the two were killed.(Anshuman Poyrekar/HT File Photo)

Two Shiv Sena leaders were killed in Kedgaon area of Ahmednagar on Saturday evening. The two were identified as Sanjay Kotkar, deputy city head, and Vasant Thube, local member of the party.

The two were shot at and also attacked with sharp weapons while they were riding a two-wheeler, according to local reports. The incident happened on Saturday evening in the area under the Kotwali police station.

By the time the police rushed to the spot, an angry crowd had gathered and the bodies remained on the street for hours after the murder.

“There are too many people gathering in the area at the moment and I cannot comment on anything,” said police inspector Abhay Parmar of Kotwali police station under Ahmednagar city police jurisdiction.

Traffic from Pune to Ahmednagar was shut after members of the Shiv Sena blocked the Pune-Ahmednagar bypass road, the police said.

The double murder happened on a day when a Congress member Vishal Kotkar won the civic bypoll for Ward 32 (Kedgaon) of the Ahmednagar Municipal Corporation beating the Shiv Sena as well as Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidates.

The bypoll was necessitated after the former mayor Sandeep Kotkar, also Congress member, was convicted in a 2008 murder case.

The bypolls were necessitated after the former mayor and Congressman Sandeep Kotkar was convicted in the 2008 murder case of a local businessman Ashok Lande. Sandep Kotkar and his fatherBhanudas Kotkar, along with two others, were sentenced to life in prison in 2016, leaving the local seat empty.

First Published: Apr 08, 2018 09:03 IST