The Inside Story
PUNE: Ten months after Sunita Bhimrao Kamble (43) of Vakratunda society, Dhankawdi was found murdered in her flat, the crime branch (unit-II) led by inspector Sunil Patil solved the case following the arrest of her father Bhimrao Kamble (65), a retired police inspector who allegedly hatched the plot to kill his daughter in order to gain possession of her flat.

The police have also arrested Sunita's brother-in-law Kalappa Shankar Kut (43) of Mira Road, Thane district, who strangulated her to death on January 14 this year. Kut's brother Babasaheb Kut (46) of Kolhapur, who destroyed Sunita's cellphone has also been arrested.

Inspector Patil said that on January 14, Sunita was found murdered in her flat. She was strangulated to death by her dupatta. The killers had not left any clues. "The Sahakarnagar police was investigating the case. But, Sunita's father, who is a retired police inspector had requested the police commissioner to transfer the investigations to the crime branch," Patil said.

"Our team comprising assistant police inspector Karbhari Handore, sub-inspector Rajan Jadgale, police constables Hari Ranpise, Sudhir Ghotkule and Santosh Pagar had visited Mumbai, Kolhapur and had also gone to Kerala in the course of the investigations. We were also keeping a watch on Sunita's relatives," Patil said.

Patil said that the police managed to recover Sunita's cellphone from the Panchganga river in Kolhapur. "With the help of the cellphone we managed to reach Sunita's brother-in-law Kalappa Kut," Patil said.

He said that during interrogation Kut admitted to his involvement in the murder. He also revealed that his brother Babasaheb had thrown the cellphone in the river. "Kut also revealed that Sunita's father had asked him to kill Sunita as he wanted to take possession of the flat, where Kamble and Sunita were living since the last two-and-a-half-years," Patil said.

Patil said that on January 14, Kut had come to Pune. He also called his brother Babasaheb from Kolhapur.

"He went up in Sunita's flat, while Babasaheb waited under the building. After strangulating Sunita to death, Kut picked up her cellphone and asked Babasaheb to destroy it," Patil said.

He said that when Kut reached Sunita's home, Bhimrao Kamble deliberately went out leaving the two alone. "We have also booked Kut's wife for her alleged involvement in the plot," Patil said.

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