With the arrest of three persons from Palghar, the district rural police today claimed to have cracked the murder case of a 30-year-old man, who ran a money transfer business.
The accused, identified as Vishal Vaity (24), Sumit Patil (19) and Kashinath Kalbande (27), were traced and arrested recently in connection with the murder of Kalpesh Pimple last month, DSP Rural Palghar, Sharada Raut, told this to reporters.
According to Raut, on September 11, after closing his days business, Pimple was on his way home in Kumbavli in the district.
"He was carrying the day's collection and a laptop with him on his two wheeler. When he reached near Boisar MIDC at Kolawade naka, a group of unidentified persons attacked him with lethal weapons and fled from the scene with the bag containing cash and the laptop," Raut said.
Police had previously registered an offence under IPC Sections 397 (attempt to cause death or grievous hurt) and 341wrongful restraint) aganst the unidentified accused. However, Pimple, who was admitted to the hospital, succumbed to his injuries on three days later. Following that police booked a case under Section 302 (murder).
Probe into the case was taken up by the Local Crime Branch headed by Senior Police Inspector A B Vhanmane. "The accused were traced and arrested during this week," police said.
Police said that the accused had already destroyed the victim's laptop and had made some purchases from the robbed money.
"Mobile phones, a motor cycle, cupboard and cash, all valued at Rs 1.70 lakh were seized from them," Raut said.
According to police, Vaity has total 13 crimes registered against him in various police stations in Mumbai and Thane rural district the police said.
The accused were produced before the local magistrate, who remanded them in police custody till October 17.
The Crime Branch officials are carrying out further investigation into the case.