Gadchiroli Dec. 13 (District Correspondent) Gadchiroli police have solved the mystery behind the murder of three persons at village Gundapuri in Bhamragad taluka and have arrested 9 persons in this regard within just a week. Surprisingly, two of the accused are the sons of the deceased. This was informed by Mr. Nilotpal, SP in a press conference this afternoon in his office.
On the night of Dec. 6 last, three persons-Devu Kumoti aged 60 yrs, Mrs. Bichhe Devu Kumoti, aged 55 yrs and Ms. Archana Talandi, aged 10 yrs were found murdered in their farm land using crude weapons such as hammer and knife by some unknown accused.
As soon as this matter was reported at AOP Burgi, a case was registered at PS Aldandi based on the complaint filed by the son of the deceased, Vinu Devu Kumoti.
This heinous triple murder incident committed by unknown assailants on a single night shook the entire district of Gadchiroli and aroused deep anguish in the society. Taking note of the seriousness of the incident, SP Neelotpal handed over the investigation of the crime to the Local Crime Branch. The newly joined Addl. SP Aheri (Pranhita) M. Ramesh, SDPO of Hedri Bapurao Dadas, LCB PI Ulhas Bhusari along with their team camped at AOP Burgi (Yemli).
The needle of suspicion turned towards the complainant and his family members during the course of investigation. Confidential information was received by the Police from the village Gundapuri that the deceased Devu Kumoti was a notable priest of the area and he was practicing black magic. It was widely suspected that many people used to fall sick and die later due to the black magic of the priest.
But the police investigation revealed that the persons who died in this area in the recent past were suffering from cancer and other serious diseases but their relatives took them to different priests without medical treatment and they died due to further deterioration in their condition. But the relatives of the deceased were very angry with the deceased Devu Kumoti as they believed that he was practicing black magic and this led to the deaths.
The sons of the deceased, namely Ramesh Kumoti, Vinu Komoti, along with his relatives Joga Kumoti, Guna Kumoti, Raju Atram (Yemli), Nagesh @ Golu Yemli, Sudha Yemla, Kanna Hichami, all residents of Gundapuri and the deceased’s son-in-law Tanaji Kangali, resident of Visamundi hatched a conspiracy and killed the deceased Devu Kumoti by hitting on his head with a hammer and slitting the throat of the deceased’s wife Bichhe Kumoti with a sharp knife.
On the day of the incident, the granddaughter of the deceased Archana Talandi, resident of Markal village was also sleeping by side of the deceased. Fearing that she would recognize them and inform the police, the accused persons killed her also by slitting her throat with a sharp knife. As these events have come to the fore during investigation, the above mentioned nine accused persons have been arrested by the police.
The said incident was a very planned and cold-blooded murder by the accused. Finally, after detaining all the suspected accused, the police conducted a thorough investigation with reference to the crime, and it was found that the accused persons have committed the said crime of triple murder.
The villagers have expressed their satisfaction on the investigation of such a serious and complex crime with great patience and consistency and brought the crime to light and arrested the nine accused.
The investigation was conducted under the guidance of Mr. Neelotpal, SP by a team headed by Mr. M. Ramesh, Addl. SP Aheri (Pranhita), comprising of Shri. Bapurao Dadas, SDPO Hedri, LCB Police Inspector Ulhas Bhusari along with API Rahul Avhad, HC Akbarshaha Poyam, Prashant Garfade, PSI Sachin Armal, In-charge of AOP Burgi (Yemli), PSI Somnath Puri, PSI Suyash Dhole, WPSI Neha Hande, PSI Bhaskar Hurre, Pushpa Kannake, Chaya Veladi, Sido Kirange, Sadhana Yemla, Ranjana Sanap, Vidya Udey, Surekha Veladi, Mangesh Tumbade, Dipankar Mandal, Mahesh Atala, Vikas Soyam, Manoj Uikey, Dhanraj Atram, Pradip Gawai, Vinod Gaikwad, Avinash Kumare, Vicky Bepari, Sunil Tekam, Khushal Kulsange and Rangu Gawde.