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PUNE: Three people were arrested on Wednesday evening for allegedly murdering a 19-year-old youth on August 14.

The body of Mayur Pathare of Kharadi was found on the railway tracks at Mundhwa. The government railway police (GRP) had registered a case of accidental death, but the identity of the victim could not be ascertained. Since there were no claimants to the body, the GRP cremated it.

The murder came to light while investigating a 'missing persons' complaint lodged by Pathare's parents, said inspector Vishwanath Ghanwat (crime) of the Yerawada police station.

The police have identified the suspects as Sachin Dagdu Kolhe (22) and Mahesh Chandrakant Agarkar (19), both residents of Vadgaonsheri, and Avinash Dilip Gawli (25) of Kharadi.

According to the police, Pathare was in love with a girl, but she deserted him and fell in love with Agarkar. Pathare threatened Agarkar and asked him to discontinue his relation with the girl. Pathare also thrashed Agarkar on August 10.

On the day of the murder, Pathare had asked Agarkar to meet him at Mundhwa bridge at 6.30 pm for a discussion. But Agarkar suspected some foul play and entered into a criminal conspiracy with Kolhe and reached the spot with a rope and a knife. The trio had a heated discussion over the woman, and Agarkar and Kolhe thrashed Pathare and strangled him with the rope. Kolhe attacked Pathare with the knife, killing him on the spot, the police said.

Ghanwat told TOI that the duo took three gold chains of 11 tolas, Rs 2,000 and two cell phones from Pathare and dumped his body on a railway track in Mundhwa, which was run over by a train.

The suspects sold the cell phones through Gawli. However, while probing the 'missing person' complaint, constable Yashwant Khandare detained them as investigations had revealed that they had been in possession of the cell phones.

During interrogation, Agarkar and Kolhe admitted to murdering Pathare over a dispute relating to the girl. Gawli was arrested on charges of disposing of the cell phones.

The victim's relatives identified Pathare by his photograph and clothes.

The suspects were arrested by assistant police inspector Manoj Khandagle and policemen Kiran Neil and Rajaram Gogre under the guidance of senior inspector Deepak Sawant.

Sub-inspector D T Karche has registered a case against the suspects for committing an offence under sections 120 (b) (criminal conspiracy), 302 (murder), 201 (destroying evidence), 394 (robbery) and 411 (selling stolen property) read with 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code.

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