Mumbai: Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray will meet the relatives of murdered party workers Sanjay Kotkar and Vasant Thube in Ahemdnagar on April 25. On Sunday, former Sena MLA from Ahmednagar Anil Rathod and other party leaders met Uddhav at Matoshree in Mumbai where they had long discussions over the killings.
Kotkar and Thube were shot dead in Ahmednagar last week that triggered huge protests by Sena workers. The police have booked nearly 600 protestors, mostly Shiv Sainiks. Thackeray has reportedly said that if the protestors are arrested, then they will gather outside Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’ official residence Varsha to carry out sit-in protest.
The Ahmednagar police have charged three MLAs with the murder of two local Shiv Sena leaders in Ahmednagar district. Two of the three MLAs — Sangram Jagtap of the NCP and Shivaji Kardile of the BJP — have been arrested and Arunkaka Jagtap, an NCP member of the legislative council has been booked. The sharpshooter, too, has been arrested.
A motorcycle-borne assailant had shot dead Sena leaders Kotkar (35) and Thube (40) in broad daylight after the result of the civic by-poll was declared. It is learnt that the three accused legislators are close relatives – Kardile is the father-in-law and Arun the father of Sangram Jagtap. They were against any party fielding a candidate against their relative Vishal Kotkar, who is a member of Congress.
The sharpshooter Sandeep Gunjal has surrendered the murder weapons, a sharp object and a revolver. Gunjal has admitted to killing the duo owing to personal vendetta and denied any link to any legislator in the murder. Police sources, however, quoted Sangram Kotkar, son of Sanjay Kotkar, as claiming that all the three legislators had threatened his father.