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Pune: 24 years after murder of four members of Pune’s family, key defendant receives death penalty

Twenty-four years after four people from a family were murdered in the city’s Kalyani Nagar neighborhood, a Pune court on Tuesday sentenced to death Bhagwat Bajirao Kale (47), the main accused in the case. The judge of the additional sessions BP Kshirsagar issued the order in this regard.

On May 15, 1997, Ramesh Jaykumar Patil (55 years old), Vijaya Kumari alias Vijaya Patil (47 years old), Pooja Patil (13 years old) and Manjunath Patil (10 years old) were murdered at their residence. Originally from Hubli in Karnataka, the Patils resided in a rented apartment where Kale’s wife, Geeta, worked as a domestic helper.

PUNE CITY police arrested two medical students last week for stealing from a jewelry store in Hadapsar.

The two accused were identified as Aniket Rokde (23 years old) from Latur and Vaibhav Jagtap (22 years old) from Washim.

Police said that on the afternoon of December 8, two young people came to Ranka Jewelers in Hadapsar claiming to be customers, but scampered off with three gold rings.

After winning the Legislative Council seats for Nagpur and Akola on Tuesday, the state unit of the BJP challenged the government of Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) to hold the election for the post of Speaker of the Assembly by the through a secret ballot. The BJP also took the opportunity to taunt its former ally, Shiv Sena, and said the latter was falling apart along with the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Congress.

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