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In a suspected attack to avenge the killing of BJP corporator Ankush Landage in 2006, one of the accused in the case Sachin Kundlik Dhavade alias Gotya was on Thursday murdered near his house in Bhosari in broad daylight. One of Dhavade's attackers also died and police suspect the bullet that hit him was fired accidentally by one of his accomplices during the scuffle with Dhavade and his aides. A friend of Dhavade was seriously injured in the incident.
A hearing in the Landage murder case was scheduled in court on Thursday, police said.
Police said that around 12 noon, 10 to 12 assailants arrived at Dhavade Vasti in Bhosari in a tempo and attacked Dhavade (35) who was with four friends at a shop near his house. They fled in the same tempo which was later found abandoned behind the house of Ankush Landage, police said.
"All the assailants were wearing monkey caps and carrying stones, choppers, swords, hockey sticks and a firearm. They brutally attacked Dhavade. One of them opened fire. Prima facie Dhavade died of severe head injury and bleeding due to stabbing. He does not have a bullet injury," Deputy commissioner of police (Zone III) Shahaji Umap said.
The assailant who died was identified as Ankush Ramdas Lakde. Police said he was wearing a monkey cap and a meat-chopper he is suspected to have been carrying was found near his body.
Umap said, "Ankush Ramdas Lakde (27) was found dead a distance from the spot. He had a bullet injury. We suspect the bullet was fired by one of his accomplices. Two empty bullet cases have been recovered from the spot and a spent bullet has also been found. Dhavade's friend Sandeep Madhure (30) has also been injured in the incident and his condition is critical."