Investigation of the case which went on for nearly six months revealed involvement of gangster Subhash Thakur, currently lodged in Fatehpur prison
Mumbai : In a major breakthrough, city Crime Branch on Sunday detected murder of property dealer Vijay Pradhan, also known as Bunty Pradhan and his close associate Sachin Vijaykar. Agency officers claim here that Pradhan and Vijaykar were killed following a conspiracy hatched by dreaded criminal Subhash Thakur, currently lodged in a jail in Fatehpur in Uttar Pradesh. Shooters sent by Thakur allegedly killed the duo this April.
“To kill Bunty, two shooters had come to Mumbai last year in December and their travel and stay related arrangements were made by Thakur’s man in the city. During February and March this year, the shooters twice tried to kill Bunty in Versova, but they failed. Finally in April they managed to kill him. When Bunty and his friend Sachin left Pushpak Bar in Mira Road area, the two assailants riding on a motorbike opened fire from a very close range. The assailants also fired at Sachin,” said a police source.
On last Sunday, Crime Branch arrested three persons who were allegedly planning to commit dacoity in Kandivali West. Police also recovered pistols along with other weapons from the accused identified as Sunny Pandey (30), Ravi Aarya (38) and, Rajesh Chauhan alia Daya (34) and Mukesh Shettiyar (36).
During the interrogation, the accused revealed the details of Bunty’s murder case. “One of them told the police that following a property dispute, he had given supari to Thakur to liquidate Bunty. Thakur had hired shooters while being inside the jail. Few builders also helped in the job, who also had a dispute with Bunty,” said the source. After interrogating all the three accused, unit 11 of Crime Branch arrested two more accused persons from Khar area, also allegedly involved in the murder. They have been identified as Jitendra Jawla (28) and Mayank Gala (18).
“On April 13, six people had gone to the spot riding on two bikes and an auto rickshaw. Bunty had gone to attend a social worker Salman Hashmi’s program, where he was invited. Mayank had identified Sunny to the assailants and after the programme, Bunty went to Pushpak Bar, about which Mayank tipped off the other shooters. At around 10.25 pm, when Bunty came out of the bar, he was shot dead by the assailants,” said the source.
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