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'Supari' killing over property dispute, say police.

Investigation by the crime branch of Pune police into the death of a 70-year-old woman of Hinjewadi, who was earlier believed to have died in a road mishap, has revealed that it was actually a 'supari' (contract) killing planned by her grandson who gave "blood money" for the purpose.

The victim, identified as Shankuntala Laxman Chavan (70) of Rutuja Residency in Hinjewadi, was knocked down by a four-wheeler while she was out for some work around 7 am on April 22.

Shakuntala's son Madhukar Laxman Chavan had lodged a complaint against the driver at the Hinjewadi police station.

During investigation, havaldar Mahesh Pawar received a tip-off that Shakuntala's grandson Santosh Prabhakar Chavan and his two accomplices allegedly killed her by knocking her down intentionally and made it look like an accident. An old dispute over property was believed to be the motive behind the killing.

A crime branch team, led by inspector Sunil Pawar on Friday, arrested Santosh (27) and his aide Ganesh Uttam Chavan (32) of Dehugaon. Police have launched a search for the third suspect Vijaykumar Chandrakant Zadke of Keshav Nagar in Chikhli. Police have also recovered the vehicle used in the crime.

Police said Shakuntala owned the five-storey building in Hinjewadi where she lived with her second son. Her grandson Santosh resides on another floor of the same building . Santosh allegedly wanted an apartment on the third floor of the building to which Shakuntala refused.

Harbouring a grudge, Santosh allegedly decided to eliminate her. With the help of his relative Ganesh Chavan, he offered a 'supari' of Rs 50,000 to Vijaykumar Zadke, who kept a close watch on Shakuntala's movements and knocked her down with his vehicle on April 22, police said.

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