Held for UoP murder, suspects being quizzed for Dabholkar killing: Counsel

PuneThe suspects being taken out of Shivajunagar court on Monday afternoon. (IE photo)

With the Assembly winter session, it seems that the Pune police is under immense pressure to make a breakthrough in the Dabholkar murder case. The police on Monday produced four suspects, Manish Nagori (24), an arms dealer, Rahul Mali (21), Vilas Khandelwal (22) and Santosh Bagade (22), before a magistrate court for extension of their custody.

The suspects are from Ichalkaranji, Kolhapur, and were arrested on November 28 for their alleged role in the murder of University of Pune security guard Prahlad Jogdandkar on May 3, 2012.

However, in the court defence lawyer B A Aloor informed the magistrate that the police were probing the accused for Dabholkar's murder. He said the suspects have in police custody for the last 10 days. During this period, the investigators have always maintained, albeit never on record, that the role of these suspects is being probed for Dabholkar's murder.

"The police say the suspects are not cooperating. It is surprising that despite a custody of 10 days, the police are unable to progress in their investigation. The police are telling the court that they are probing the murder in the university but they are actually investigating them for Dabholkar murder case," he argued. Aloor said the police have already quizzed Henna Pathan, lover of one of the suspects.

But the court replied that the hearing was not related to the Dabholkar case. The court said only the remand report and case diary will be looked into. The court then extended the police custody of the suspects by two days till December 11.

Meanwhile, Ramvilas, father of suspect Manish Nagori, said, "My son is neither involved in the Dabholkar case nor in the murder of the security guard. He was first arrested by Thane crime branch, then by ATS and now by Pune police. He has been in custody for over 50 days now. He should not be framed in the Dabholkar murder case."

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