Mumbai: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Deepak Mankar from Pune, who had been absconding since June after being booked for abetting the suicide of a local realtor, surrendered before Pune Police on Wednesday. Mankar surrendered before Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Jayashree Gaikwad at the Lashkar police station, after the Supreme Court had rejected his anticipatory bail on July 24.
The apex court had given the NCP leader ten days to surrender while quashing his interim relief petition, which had earlier been rejected by both the Pune sessions as well as the Bombay High Courts. Mankar, an important face of the NCP in Pune, was named in a suicide note written by Jitendra Jagtap, 52, a city realtor who took his life by jumping in front of a train in the city’s Ghorpadi area in June.
In his suicide note, the deceased had accused Mankar, a sitting corporator in the Pune civic body, along with local developer Sudhir Karnataki and seven others, for allegedly harassing him over a land dispute. The dispute centres on a plot of land in the city’s Rasta Peth area, which was being managed by Jagtap for several years.
An FIR under sections 306 (abatement to suicide), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) was registered at the Samarth police station against nine people, including Mankar, by police, who acted on a complaint lodged by the son of the deceased, Jayesh Jagtap.