Kolhapur: The Ichalkaranji bandh, called
by Shiv Sena On Saturday to condemn yesterday`s murder of the party
unit`s deputy chief Santosh Babar, 32, was peaceful, Gaonbhag
Santosh Babar was allegedly killed by four persons at
Deccan Mill Chowk in Ichalkaranji. Babar was returning from
Kolhapur after attending party workers meeting. When Babar
reached the Chowk on his motorcycle, the four assailants
attacked him with swords. Police said that at 6 pm, the four
persons stopped Babar at the Chowk and took out swords.
Babar tried to escape but they stabbed on his head,
back and shoulder. Santosh fell on the road in a pool of blood
and he died on the spot. Attackers fled away after incident.
Police said that motive behind the murder is a land
dispute, some past clashes between two groups and a quarrel
with regard to poster of Shiv Sena supremo Balasaheb
Thackeray. Police said the names of suspicious attackers are:
Sudarshan Babar, Sanjay Deshmane, Raju Patil and Pravin Raval.
Sudarshan Babar and Raju Patil are accused in another
murder case and they are out on bail. Meanwhile, after the
murder, tension prevailed in Ganesh Nagar area and some people
attacked the house of accused Sanjay Deshmane. Police were
deployed in that area to control the situation.
Police are investigating further.