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Pune police arrests 6 people in connection with attempt to murder of journalist


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Pune: Pune police have arrested six people in connection with attempt to murder of city-based Journalist twice.

Addressing a press conference here on Friday Smartana Patil, DCP zone 2, said the accused first attacked journalist Harshad Kataria working with Marathi Daily on May 27 with Koyta ( sickle) and threw chilli powder in his eyes, but Kataria managed to escape from the spot.

Again on June 11, two unidentified persons on bikes approached journalist and opened fire at him when he was driving his two-wheeler near Atithi Hotel situated at Pune Satara road.

The second attempt to kill journalists by criminals also failed. The journalist escaped without injuries and the attackers fled from scene, said DCP Patil.

The Scribe filed the complaint at Swargate police station and police have started the investigation by forming five squads.

” Our teams went to many places and analysed more than 120 CCTV Camara footage to identify the accused,’ said DCP Patil.

Following a tip-off, received by Sr police Inspector Sunil zaware that the accused are hiding at Ranjangaon, police arrested the first two persons from there who were involved in firing on journalist on June, said DCP in a press conference.

The police also seized one country made pistol, one live cartridge, three Koyta, three motor cycles, smart mobile phones and cash of rupees 2.25 lakh from the possession of the accused.

DCP Patil said a preliminary investigation of the accused has revealed that property dispute was the reason on attacking journalist.

The accused arrested are the hired killer and someone has given contract to kill journalist who was trying to expose the fact, said Patil.

Though, DCP does not reveal more details about the person who assigned them the contract by citing the reason that it could hamper the further investigation of Police. The accused are daily wage workers and repeated offenders, said DCP Patil.

This action was taken under the guidance of Pune Commissioner Ritesh Kumaarr, Joint Commissioner of Police Sandeep Karnik, Upper Police Commissioner Praveen Kumar Patil, Deputy Commissioner of Police Smartana Patil, Assistant Commissioner of Police Narayan Shirgaonkar and Senior Police Inspector Sunil Jhavre.

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