Shot Dalit activist told police about threat to life on January 18

 Pune, IE, FEb 25, 2013

Dalit human rights activist Chandrakant Jaywant Gaikwad (30) shot dead on Tuesday had filed a complaint at Walchandnagar police station hardly a month ago stating a threat to his life and activists have now sought action against the police for not acting on the complaint, which they said could have prevented the killing.

The same people Gaikwad suspected were allegedly behind his murder.

Pune rural police have intensified a search for the suspects including notorious goon Satpal Mahadev Rupnavar (22) of Jamb, his aide Santosh alias Lubya Chandalkar and three others.

Gaikwad, shot dead at Jamb village of Indapur taluka in Pune district, had on January 18, 2013, reportedly hinted at a plot by them to murder him. Activists allege his murder even after his complaint is the result of police failure in taking prompt action.

Superintendent of police Manoj Lohiya, however, said they had followed up on Gaikwad’s complaint but had been misled.

“Following Gaikwad’s application, the assistant inspector at Walchandnagar police station did question a man who had reportedly given information to Gaikwad about threats to him from the suspects. But the man denied having given such information.”

CCTV footage shows double-murder suspect was miles away from crime spot

A sessions court has granted bail to a 22-year-old engineering student in a double-murder case after CCTV footage was shown as proof to show he was at Tuljapur Temple, about 250 km away from the scene of crime, on the day of the incident, December 2011.

The student, Kiran Sidhram Jadhav of Chinchwadgaon was one of the suspects arrested in the case. Additional sessions judge S D Tekale granted Jadhav bail on the condition of co-operating with police and a personal bond of Rs 50,000. Milind Pawar and Sachin Hingekar were the defendant’s lawyers. On the night of December 8, 2011, Raju Chaudhary (30), a worker at SR Traders at Borate Vasti, and Baadshah Siddiqui (26), brother-in-law of the owner of SR Traders Salim Siddiqui, were beaten to death inside a godown.



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Feb 13, IE

Dalit rights activist and Bahujan Samaj Party member Chandrakant Jaywant Gaikwad (30) was shot dead by assailants in front of a dhaba in Jamb village of Indapur taluka in Pune district on Tuesday morning.

A case was registered against Satpal Mahadev Rupnavar (22) of Jamb, a “notorious” goon and historysheeter, his aide Santosh alias Lubya Chandalkar and three others at the Walchandnagar police station on the complaint of Dada Shivaji Jadhav (32) of Jamb. Jadhav was with Gaikwad when the latter was shot.

Police suspect the assailants wanted to eliminate Jadhav, with whom Rupnavar had a dispute, but he managed to flee.

Inspector Dashrath Patil said Gaikwad, a resident of Jamb, had come to Mahalaxmi dhaba to meet Jadhav. Around 10 am, the assailants reached there in a jeep and an argument ensued between Jadhav and Rupnavar. As Jadhav managed to escape, Rupnavar allegedly fired at Gaikwad from his revolver and fled.

The incident has created panic in several parts of Indapur. Nearly 300 policemen have been deployed in Jamb to maintain law and order. Senior police officers, including DySP Manoj Lohiya, visited the crime scene. A hunt is on to nab Rupnavar and his aides.

Meanwhile, Dalit activists held agitation and burnt tyres to protest the murder. Gaikwad was known to be an office-bearer of the Rashtriya Dalit Nyay Hakka Samiti, Indapur Taluka.



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