Three people have been arrested in Kalyan for allegedly killing a senior citizen and injuring his wife on Monday . The police said the accused were unhappy that Lahu Beturkar (65) had complained about noise pollution during a Ganpati immersion procession organised by their family in Aadivashipada, Kalyan (West).
The arrested men are: Krishna, Suresh and Gorakhnath Waghe. An officer said all three are brothers. A hunt is on for two more accused, Aaloknath Waghe and Tandu Bhaiya, alias Arun Mishra. The officer said the two are the brothers' relatives.
An officer said Beturkar and the Waghes were in a dispute over a piece of land on which a Ganesh Mandal is installed every year. "Our primary probe shows that both families had several disputes. After the Waghe family suspected that Beturkar had complained about noise pollution during the Ganesh immersion procession to the Bazarpeth police, they got irked and decided to kill him," said deputy commissioner of police (Thane crime branch) Parag Manere. It was during a party after immersion on Sunday that the Waghes took the decision.
The accused have alleged that sometime ago, Beturkar killed several animals owned by them, including their pet dog which they had bought for Rs 35,000.
"In the early hours of Mon day , they killed Beturkar, who was sleeping with his wife Jayabai on a cot outside their house.Seeing them kill her husband, Jayabai raised an alarm. At this, they also attacked her, with a hammer," said Devidas Ghevare, a senior police inspector with the central crime detection unit of the Thane crime branch, which made the arrests with the help of the Bazarpeth police station. "Taking Jayabai for dead, the attackers fled."
A hammer has been seized from the accused, an officer said. Beturkar was an infamous history sheeter, with over 40 criminal cases against him. So fearsome was his reputation that an area, Beturkarpada, was named after him.