Political rivalry turns violent, youth shot dead

Pratik NimhanPratik Nimhan

Political rivalry simmering between members of a family in Pashan since last year's civic elections turned deadly on Friday night with a 21-year-old youth getting shot during a skirmish, allegedly by his two cousins who are sons of a former corporator. The incident led to tension in Pashan area, where police have been deployed.

Three persons were injured in the attack.

The dead youth's cousins, the two main suspects, are absconding, police said.

Chatushrungi police identified the deceased as Pratik Ramchandra Nimhan, a resident of Pashan gaothan. They have arrested one of the suspects.

The complaint says that about 10 persons including Pratik's cousins Chetan Nimhan and Tushar Nimhan, sons of former corporator Tanaji Nimhan carried out the attack.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone III) Shahaji Umap said there have been skirmishes between the two sides over various issues, including the selection of candidates from Pashan for the 2012 civic elections.

DCP Umap said, "As per the complaint, Pratik and some friends were talking in front of a residential building in Pashan Gaothan. At around 11.30 pm Tushar, Chetan and at eight more friends came on bikes and started an argument with Pratik and his friends." Umap said both sides were workers of the Nationalist Congress Party.

Senior inspector Ajay Kadam of Chatushrungi police station said, "The attackers started hitting Pratik and his friends, and took out revolvers. Pratik fled to the house of one Kirti Kale, who stays in the adjacent building. The suspects followed him there. Tushar and Chetan opened fire on Pratik. Their friends hit Pratik's friends with wooden batons." Police said three bullets hit Pratik who died on the spot.

Besides Pratik's cousins, the suspects have been identified as Munna Sambhaji Nimhan, Sagar Nimhan, Rahul Gund, Ravi Shirke and Abhijit Ghadge.

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