The Pimpri-Chinchwad Police Criminal Branch on Friday arrested a 24-year-old man from the Ranjangaon area for allegedly killing a 31-year-old woman, who was found murdered in Bhosari with her throat slit by a sharp weapon on August 16 . police said they got leads about him while investigating a robbery case.
The victim, Pooja Brajkishor Prasad (31), was found dead in a pool of blood at his family’s clothing store in the Londhe Aali area around 10 a.m. on August 16. A primary inquest suggested she was killed with a sharp weapon used to slit her throat. Based on the complaint lodged by her husband at Bhosari Police Station, the police launched a murder investigation and the criminal branch of the Pimpri-Chinchwad Police also launched a parallel investigation.
Some of the initial leads police worked on were footage from a nearby security camera where the suspects’ movements were traced. They checked footage from more than 250 security cameras, especially those in the Bhosari and Chakan industrial zones.
“The investigation teams were also reaching out to a large number of people working in the industrial area. The team obtained leads that a suspect with a similar description was involved in stealing a cell phone and money from a woman who owns a beauty salon in the Ranjangaon area. Review of security camera footage from the robbery case confirmed that the suspect in the murder and robbery cases was the same,” Deputy Police Commissioner (Crime) Kakasaheb Dole said.
Late Friday, crime branch detectives received a tip on the suspect’s location. They set a trap and arrested the suspect, identified as Ramskishan Shankar Shinde (24), a resident of Shirur taluka in Pune.
Another investigation suggested that Shinde had a criminal record and had previously been arrested by Thane police in one case of theft and two cases of scam and absconding with their mobile phone.
“The investigation suggests that the suspect had gone to the woman’s shop with the intention of robbing her. But as she resisted, he is suspected of having fatally attacked her with a sharp weapon,” DCP Dole said.