Three people arrested for alleged murder of money lender in Pune

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PUNE Three men were arrested Thursday by Pune police for the alleged murder of a money lender in Kondhwa.

The plan to assassinate the man was allegedly drawn up by Latif Abu Sheikh (43), a businessman from Kondhwa Khurd, according to Senior Inspector (Crime) Mahadev Kumbhar of Kondhwa Police Station, who is investigating the case.

The two others involved in the murder were identified as Shubham Pramod Kasvekar (24) and Shubham Santosh Ubalu (22), residents of Nagpur chawl, Jail Road, Yerawada, according to police.

The deceased has been identified as Ghanshyam aka Pappu Baban Padwal (51), a resident of the Brahma County Society in Kondhwa.

He was found dead at his home on July 11 by his niece, who is also the complainant in the case.

“Padwal was afraid of ghosts and demons. Latif, who had easy access to him, took these two [Kasvekar an Ubalu] under the pretext of bringing in a maulana to help with the demons, ”PI Kumbhar said.

The CCTV cameras in the building have been dysfunctional for the past few weeks and the CCTV cameras in Padwal’s house have been taken away by the attackers.

For several loans amounting to Rs 50 lakh, Shaikh had paid Rs 2 crore to the deceased and still owed Rs 70 lakh in interest, according to the police.

Shaikh, who runs a manufacturing company and sells scrap metal, hired the other two to assassinate Padwal.

Police say Padwal had a criminal history prior to 2010.

Eight people from the Andekar gang were convicted of the attempted assassination of Padwal before 2010.

There were more than 50 marks of attack by a sharp sickle-like weapon on Padwal’s body, police said. The murder took place on July 9 and was not revealed until July 11.

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