Mumbai: A gangster was arrested in
connection with murder of a Republican Party of India leader
at Charni Road area in South Mumbai, police said on Wednesday.
Kiran Wangade (27), an alleged member of little known
Pandav Putra gang, was nabbed on Monday and remanded to police
custody till April 12, Crime Branch sources said.
The accused has admitted to his role in the murder of
local RPI leader Vijay Nagvekar, who was stabbed to death
by two unidentified men at Khetwadi Lane in Charni Road
Saturday, they said.
Acting on a tip-off, police nabbed Wangade, who was
also arrested in 1999 in an extortion case and charged under
MCOCA, the sources added.
In the extortion case, the victim was the complainant,
they said, adding that some more are likely to be arrested.
Nagvekar, resident of Chira Bazaar in South Mumbai and
ward president of the RPI`s Ramdas Athavale faction, was also
a real estate agent. He was sitting at a hotel in Khetwadi
Lane in Kumbarwada area when two unidentified people came on a
motorbike and stabbed him before fleeing from the scene.