Pune: The city’s safety is under the scanner again. An elderly resident Kishan Rawade, 70, residing at Pandavnagar in PMC Colony, had been for his routine morning stroll during the wee hours of Monday, but never returned. His nude body was found at Fergusson College (FC) ground. The deceased would go for a morning stroll everyday from Chatuhshringi to FC Road between 5 am and 7 am, the police said. The incident was reported to the police around 7 am by a resident who had found Rawade’s body.
Bhushan Dayma, sub-inspector at the Deccan Gymkhana police station said, “After getting the call, our team reached the crime scene and began with the investigations. For a long time we couldn’t identify the victim as there were no clothes or external injury marks on his body.”
Meanwhile, around 10am, the deceased’s elder son had reached the Deccan Gymkhana police station, as his father had not returned from his walk. It was him who identified the body, the police said. “The deceased is a retired employee of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC). The autopsy report has revealed that the victim has internal injuries, and we assume that he was hit by a hard object,” said Dayma.
Prima facie, investigations by the police reveal that Rawade had left his house for his regular 5 am stroll but was murdered during an attempted robbery at the FC grounds. A case of murder has been registered at the Deccan Gymkhana police station, against an identified person.
Inspector (crime) S G Kenja-le, who is probing the case said, “We are probing all angles, but we assume it might be an act of robbery as his wrist- watch and clothes are missing.” The incident has raised a huge question about the safety of not only those going to the grounds for their morning strolls, but also of the students who reside on campus.
S P Khedkar, the vice-principal of Fergusson College said this was an isolated case as no such incident had occured on the campus before. “This is a huge campus, and it is very difficult to keep a track of every nook and corner. Yet, we have installed around 75 cameras.” The Pune police had recently began patrolling at the University of Pune campus, following concerns by morning walkers about their safety at the isolated premises.