PUNE: A 28-year-old tour operator, who was arrested for kidnapping his sister-in-law, confessed to her murder on Monday. The police recovered the remains of the victim, Ashwini Pardeshi, on Tuesday.

On January 6, Pimpri resident Govind Takbhate, wife Swati and mother-in-law lodged a missing person's complaint at the Swargate police station, saying Ashwini had not come home since the previous day.

Takbhate even told the police that 25-year-old Ashwini had eloped with a friend. While the police were investigating, they got a call from a woman who claimed to be Ashwini. She told the police that she was happily married and asked the police to stop tracing her whereabouts.

However, the police persevered, and tracked down the friend with whom Ashwini was alleged to have eloped. They found out that the friend in question got married two months previously. The friend and his family were questioned, and the police found nothing suspicious.

The police questioned Ashwini's sister Swati again, and came to know that Govind was married to another woman. Swati informed the police that this led to several quarrels between Govind and Ashwini, who threatened to tell his second wife. He killed her for that.

Swati informed the police that Govind had been in a disturbed frame of mind since the evening of January 5, and left home in the early hours of January 6. Police contacted Ashwini's friend again, who then told them that Ashwini had been with him till 7pm on January 5, when he dropped her off near Sarasbaug wherefrom she was picked up by Govind.

The police registered a case of kidnapping against Govind last Friday, and took him into custody on Sunday. "During interrogation, Govind confessed to murdering Ashwini and destroying her body," Senior inspector S M Babar told TOI.

How Ashwini was killed
On January 5, Govind picked up Ashwini from Sarasbaug on a two-wheeler. Later, they boarded a mini bus which belonged to Govind. "He drove her to Khadi Machine Chowk in Kondhwa and bludgeoned her to death," Rajmane said.

Govind then went to Talegaon-Chakan Road and buried Ashwini's body by the side of the road with help from his friend. "They even killed a stray dog and dumped the body near the spot so that people would not get suspicious when her body starts to smell," Rajmane said.

He burned the body
When police stepped up the search for Ashwini, a rattled Govind went to the spot on January 23. he exhumed the body which was in a highly decomposed condition and took it to a farm Barshi in Solapur district, where he burned it, and crushed the bones.

A team of police recovered the broken bones from the spot on Tuesday. Govind has been charged with murder, and police have launched a manhunt for his aide.

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Man kills sister-in-law to hide second marriage

Pune: A man was arrested by Swargate police for allegedly kidnapping his sister-in-law and killing her as she had learnt about his second marriage and feared she would expose him.

The woman went missing on January 5.

“The accused and his accomplice, who is yet to be arrested, buried the body along Chakan-Talegaon Road. Fearing that it will be discovered, they took the body 250 km away to Khandvi village in Barshi taluka of Solapur district and burnt it in a field and powdered the bones with a stone,” said Police Inspector (Crime) Ram Rajmane, the investigating officer.

The police identified the arrested accused as Govind Arjun Takbhate, a resident of Pimpri, and his accomplice Mauli. The deceased was identified as Ashwini Shivkumar Pardeshi (25) of Gultekdi. Her elder sister Swati Takbhate (27) lodged an FIR against the accused on February 10.

Govind told the police there was no need to find Ashwini as she was married and happy, said Senior Police Inspector Sarjerao Babar, in-charge of Swargate police station.

Rajmane suspected foul play and asked PSI Kshirsagar to meet all women of the victim’s family and obtained vital clues. “We nabbed Govind on February 12 and during interrogation, he spilled the beans,” the officer added.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone II) Pankaj Dahane and ACP (Swargate division) Shivaji Pawar supervised the team comprising Assitant Police Inspector More, and policemen Santosh Kshirsagar, Yogesh Jagtap, Sunil Kulkarni, Sajjad Shaikh, Shakil Shaikh, Dashrath Gabhale, Ramchandra Gurav, Shradha Akolkar, Ghodke, Shitkal, and Bhokre.

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