Maharashtra: Three people have been arrested by the police in connection with the murder of local BJP leader Ravindra Kharat, three of his family members and one of his son’s friend in Jalgaon, Superintendent of Police (SP) Panjabrao Ugale said. On October 6, five persons died after some unidentified assailants opened fire at a local BJP leader and his family members at their residence in Bhusawal city around 9:30 pm. According to police, the assailants used guns and knives in the attack and then fled the spot. The police had detained the accused persons in the matter the same day. A case has been registered and further investigations are on.
On Monday, Superintendent of Police (SP) Panjabrao Ugale had confirmed that three persons were apprehended merely hours after the attack. He also hinted at the motive of the crime. “Prima facia it looks like a case of a personal dispute. We have detained three persons in the matter. The accused have also sustained some injuries and are being treated at a hospital. Police are further investigating the matter,” he said.
The Deputy SP of Jalgaon police, Gajanan Rathod, stated two firearms were recovered from the suspects. He also revealed that they did not seem to have any criminal record. “Five persons have been killed and three were seriously injured. We have arrested three persons who are currently being interrogated. We have some clues about the motive but will be able to give information after further probe. The assailants do not have any known criminal record, that we know of. We have recovered two firearms,” he remarked.
This was the second time Kharat’s house was attacked. On the previous occasion, there was intense stone-pelting directed at his residence. Furthermore, three shots were fired from a country-made pistol, however, he managed to escape unscathed at that time.
(With ANI inputs)