333 Proof of Crime Patrol true stories ::: Doctor Turned Gangster Turned Real Estate Extortionist Killer

Dr Prakash Bandivadekar

Doc-gangster Snared by Belgaum Police Team

BELGAUM: A police team from Belgaum has achieved a breakthrough by arresting physician-turned-gangster Dr Prakash Bandiwadekar.

Bandiwadekar was wanted in five states and the Belgaum police tracked him down in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, and brought him here on Thursday.

Bandiwadekar was an accused in six cases in Belgaum. The Maharashtra police were also looking for him in a murder case.

Bandiwadekar had developed contacts with notorious gangsters Chotta Rajan, Sohrabuddin Sheikh, Balu Dhokare, Tulsi Prabhavati, Shiva Gawade and others.

In recent years, he had entered the real estate business and formed a gang in Belgaum. Working with other criminals, he had become part of a land mafia, police told Express.

Belgaum police had recently arrested his accomplices —  Suresh Chindak, Parashram Murkute, Shabbir Patavegar, Sunil Jadhav, Sham Muchandi and Mohan Belgundkar.

Following their arrest, Bandiwadekar had gone underground.

Acting on a tip-off, a team led by inspector Narayan Barmani succeeded in arresting Bandiwadekar.

Doctor’s History

Dr Prakash Satappa Bandiwadekar used to run a clinic in Maharashtra on the Karnataka border. His family and his cousins’ family have been engaged in a long feud. Bandiwadekar allegedly gave a contract to kill his cousin Janaba Bandiwadekar. Sanjay Shedekar, a gangster who received the supari, went after Janaba, but was outsmarted and killed by his intended prey.

After the incident, Janaba became more powerful, pushing Prakash to develop contacts in the underworld. Janaba enjoyed the support of Chotta Shakeel, prompting Prakash to align with Shakeel’s rival Chotta Rajan. As the war within the Bandiwadekar family intensified, it took a toll of 14. The last murder in the family was that of Ashok Bandiwadekar on April 20, 2012, at Naganwadi village.

Gangster-doctor nabbed in MP

BELGAUM: A gangster hotly pursued by police of several states was arrested by a team of Belgaum police in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, and produced before a court here on Friday.

Dr Prakash Bandiwadekar, a general physician by qualification, is wanted in several cases of murder, murder attempt, extortion and dubious land deals.

According to police sources, he allegedly has connections with underworld don Chhota Rajan and several other gangsters Sohrabuddin Sheikh, Balu Dhokare, Tulsi Prajapati and Shiva Gavade. With their patronage, he allegedly used to run an extortion racket, built mainly around land deals, police claimed.

Bandiwadekar is wanted in six cases in Belgaum. He is also facing several cases in his home state Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.

A police press note said Maharashtra police were on Bandiwadekar’s trail in a string of murder and attempt-to-murder cases he allegedly carried out in 1998.

Bandiwadekar, who hails from Naganwadi village in Chandgad taluk in Maharashtra, was running a health clinic in Belgaum.

Based on a tip-off, a police team led by the district crime investigation bureau’s officer Narayan Barmani and comprising V D Kabburi and V M Sardar captured him.

DCIB CPI Narayan Barmani and team along with the arrested gangster Prakash Bandiwadekar in Belgaum.

Car burning incident: Autopsy confirms victim was a man, DNA test to establish identity

The investigation gains importance in light of the fact that the car owner’s nephew, Vikram Kumar, who is expected to have been in possession of the vehicle at the time of the incident, has been missing since Saturday. It is being suspected that he could be the victim

Updated: Mar 12, 2018

Hindustan Times
An unidentified man was charred to death after a car caught fire near Ullahawas village on Saturday night.
An unidentified man was charred to death after a car caught fire near Ullahawas village on Saturday night. (Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)

Suspense continued over the death of an unidentified person who was burnt alive inside a Swift Dzire car that caught fire near Ullahawas village on the Golf Course Extension Road on Saturday night.

Although the autopsy conducted by doctors on Monday confirmed that the victim was a man, his identity could not be confirmed as the body was charred beyond recognition.

The DNA and viscera samples of the victim will now be used establish his identity and to rule out the possibility of drug or alcohol use, said Dr Deepak Mathur, who conducted the postmortem examination.

“It appears that the body kept on burning for several minutes after the victim’s death. The body bore ante-mortem burn injuries and even the bones were broken. The viscera and DNA samples have been taken to rule out drug use and to establish his identity,” Dr Mathur said.

The police have started investigation under Section 174 of the CrPC. The police said probe has been initiated on the complaint of the car owner, Rajesh Kumar, who hails from Narnaul.

The investigation gains importance in light of the fact that the car owner’s nephew, Vikram Kumar, who is expected to have been in possession of the vehicle at the time of the incident, has been missing since Saturday.

It is being suspected that he could be the victim.

It is likely that the police will collect DNA samples from Kumar’s relatives to find out if the man in the car was Vikram or someone else.

Badshahpur SHO Vishnu Prasad, who visited the mortuary said that they were waiting for the postmortem report to get more information about the victim. “The deceased has not been identified. DNA verification will establish the identity of the deceased,” he said.

Since the body was found on the passenger seat, the police have not ruled out foul play.

The police are also trying to ascertain the whereabouts of Vikarm, who drove the vehicle that was registered with cab aggregating service Ola. He used to drive the taxi across Delhi-NCR and lived in Kadarpur village on rent.

Spurned driver stabs woman twice with beer bottle

Bengaluru: A 28-year-old man allegedly stabbed a woman twice with a broken beer bottle on BK Road, KG Nagar, south Bengaluru, on Monday evening after she turned down his pleas to marry him.

Rajanikanth, a resident of Pandavapura in Mandya district, has been arrested for allegedly attempting to murder the 29-year-old woman, who is from a neighbouring village in the district. A driver, Rajinikanth was stalking the woman, mother of two. She is under treatment at Victoria Hospital and out of danger.

Rajinikanth was pressuring her to marry him as he was in love with her. However, she turned down his request. The woman’s husband, meanwhile, came to know of it and this strained the couple’s relationship. The upset woman came to her sister’s house in KG Nagar last week. On Monday, Rajinikanth landed at the doorstep of the shop run by the woman’s sister.

He urged the woman to forget her husband and move in with him. She sought to tick him off and both began arguing. He picked up an empty beer bottle from the roadside, broke it and stabbed her twice in the stomach and hand. Passersby caught him and handed him over to police. The woman was rushed to hospital. TNN

Stalker of Honnavar girl held in Bengaluru

Karwar: A man accused of stalking a girl student in Kodigadde village in Magod, Honnavar, which left the girl with self-inflicted injuries a few months ago, was arrested in Bengaluru on Friday. Ganesh Naik, 22, was brought to Honnavar and produced before the magistrate on Saturday.

The stalking and subsequent injuries to the girl had triggered unrest in the port town last December. Ganesh allegedly stalked the Class 9 girl when she walked through a forest area to her high school 8km from her house. Her mother informed gram panchayat members who admonished Ganesh.

Meanwhile, communal clashes broke out in the taluk in December due to which she couldn’t go to school for four days. Unaware of exams in school, she missed one. This added to her fear and she used a thorn to inflict injuries on her hand. When she was buying a bandage to dress the wound, the shop owner asked her about it. She allegedly lied that she sustained injuries while trying to escape from two youths trying to kidnap her. The shopkeeper and villagers claimed they’d seen two youths from another community moving around on a bike. Soon, this false news spread in the taluk and resulted in another bout of violence. Later, she revealed the truth to a magistrate, and doctors certified that her injuries were self-inflicted. Ganesh has been booked under the Pocso Act TNN.

Six rape woman in Raj, upload video online

Kota: A 40-year-old woman was allegedly gangraped by six youths in Rajasthan’s Baran district. The youths also filmed the assault and uploaded it on social media.

Police said the rape took place almost a month ago but the survivor lodged a complaint on March 5 after she came to know that the video was uploaded online. Police have booked the accused under several sections of the IPC and IT Act, but no arrests have been made so far.

The woman, who works at a roadside eatery in Kota, alleged that she was raped when she visited Baran to meet her in-laws. One of her acquaintances – Chetan Meena, 21 – offered to drop her to her in-laws house after she got down at the bus stand in Samaspura village. Meena, however, took her to a secluded place, where he raped her with five others.


Jhansi hospital makes man lie with amputed leg under head

Jhansi: In a horrific display of insensitivity, a school bus conductor who lost his left leg in an accident was made to lie on a stretcher with his severed limb placed under his head at Jhansi Medical College on Saturday.

A probe was ordered by the UP government after the video of the incident went viral. Late in the evening, minister for medical education, Ashutosh Tandon ordered suspension of emergency medical officer Dr Mahendra Pal Singh, senior resident Dr Alok Agarwal and sisters on duty Deepa Narang and Shashi Srivastava.

Director general (DG), medical education, Dr KK Gupta said that departmental proceedings will be initiated against the consultant doctor on call, Dr Praveen Saraogi, because he did not respond in time.

According to reports, the bus picked up students from a Mauranipur-based public school and had reached Bamouri village when a herd of stay cattle suddenly came in front of it. In his attempt to save them, the driver lost control of the vehicle which overturned by the roadside in the city’s Lehchura area. The left leg of the bus conductor, Ghanshyam, 28, got severed after it got trapped under the vehicle.

Six students who sustained minor injuries were discharged after receiving first aid at the local health centre, station officer (SO) of Lehchura, Gyan Prakash Singh said. “No case has been lodged so far,” he added.

The medical college principal, Dr Sadhna Kaushik, said the severed leg could not be stitched back since the tissue was “already dead”.

When TOI contacted the family members, they said that they had no choice but to transfer Ghanshyam to a private hospital. “From morning to evening there was no one to attend him. We had no choice but to take him to a private hospital,” said Janki Prasad, brother-in-law of the patient.

CBI told to pay ₹15L for tardy murder probe

‘Compensate Victim’s Father’

Mumbai: Maharashtra State Human Rights Commission (MSHRC) has directed the CBI director to pay Rs 15 lakh to the father of an MBA student for carrying out a shoddy probe into his mysterious death thus delaying delivery of justice.

The commission said the father has been waiting for justice for seven years and the adverse findings against the CBI by a magistrate court raises question over the credibility of the investigators and the way they function.

The commission’s directions came in response to a complaint filed by Vijay Singh, a Patna resident whose son Santosh was found dead under mysterious circumstances in Kharghar on July 15, 2011. The commission said the compensation has to be paid within six weeks for violation of his fundamental rights guaranteed under the Constitution and disciplinary action initiated against the erring officers.

MSHRC member MA Sayeed, in his order, asked the CBI to sensitise officers about significance of a proper investigation in accordance with the rules and procedures.

Vijay Singh had filed a complaint with the commission in 2011, which was amended five years later with additional evidence. The CBI, which last probed the murder case based on a high court order, had concluded it as a suicide and filed a closure report in the magistrate court at Panvel.

The magistrate court refused to accept the report pointing out lapses and ordered arrest of the accused for murder.

Santosh stayed with three friends—Vikas, Jitendra, Dheeraj. On July 15, 2011, he was found dead in the balcony of a first floor flat. Kharghar police registered an accidental death report on the basis of Jitendra’s statement where he mentioned that Santosh had, under the influence of alcohol, committed suicide by jumping from the toilet window. Vijay was not satisfied with the finding of the local police that Santosh committed suicide.

In 2012, he and filed a writ plea in the high court, which ordered a CID probe, but Vijay was again not satisfied. On his request, the HC ordered a CBI probe. The CBI registered a case of murder but filed a closure report. All the three accused are at present in judicial custody.


Clinic owner abducted, driven around for over 6 hrs; escapes in filmi style after tyre bursts

44-year-old was returning to Girinagar home around 11 pm


A gang of six kidnapped and assaulted Shekhar BV (44), a resident of Girinagar who runs a rehabilitation centre for addicts on Mysore Road, last week for a ransom of Rs 50 lakh. He was moved around in a car for at least six hours during the night before the victim managed to slip away in the dark while the gang was fixing a flat tyre. The police have managed to catch four of the six members, one of whom had used the rebab run by Shekhar (although it is unclear yet if victimising Shekhar was intentional). The car used for the kidnap (KA02 AC 6766) has also been seized. It belongs to one Nagesha HJ and is registered at Bengaluru West RTO.

The incident took place around 11 pm on March 8 when Shekhar was on his way back home from his institution. He was on his two-wheeler at Pushpanjali Park, which is close to his house, when two young men (he said they looked like teenagers) brushed against his bike from behind. When he stopped and chided them, two men from a car parked nearby came out and started abusing him. Before he realised that he had been set up, they had dragged him by the limbs and dumped him on the floor of the car behind the driver. There were four others in the car too. The two youth on the bike sped away.

The gang immediately pulled out his phone and switched it off. While on the road, Shekhar told BM that he had no idea where they were taking him. He said he pleaded with them to take whatever money he had but to leave him unharmed. But his abductors had their eyes set on big money, and wanted to hold him hostage for a ransom of Rs 50 lakh.

On the way, they kicked him, and assaulted him with a machete and a dagger. The Rs 10,000 cash he was carrying in his wallet was taken away, so were his two ATM cards. They assaulted him till he gave away their PIN. Since Shekhar was lying on the floor of the car, nobody could see him. Also, as it was past midnight, there were hardly any vehicles on the road.

Shekhar said he thought his assailants were not professional, and were under the influence of drugs. They asked him to call his friends and arrange Rs 50 lakh for his release. Only then was he given his phone. He made the call to a friend (he refused to mention who the friend was) and, as per instructions, asked for the money to be ready by 11 am the next day.


The gang’s luck ran out around 5 am, when one of the tyres burst. They had to stop by the roadside to change the tyre. And while a couple of them went to relieve themselves, Shekhar saw an opportunity and silently slipped through the back door unnoticed. He then escaped the scene under the cover of darkness before the attackers could track him down.

Shekhar was surprised to find they had driven him up till Dobbspet-Doddaballapur Road, from where he escaped.

He approached a few vehicles heading into the city and managed to come to Girinagar. He called his family members and informed them that he was safe. (They had, by then, already informed the cops of his absence.) He went to a hospital to tend to his injuries and then filed a police complaint. Shekhar is still recovering.

A while after he was abducted, Shekhar said he recognised one of the men, Shivu, as his client at the rehabilitation centre from a while ago. He provided the police with his details which helped them detain four among the six gang members, and also seize the car used to kidnap him.

The Girinagar police have registered a case under IPC Section 364 [a] (kidnap for ransom), Section 389 (putting person in fear of accusation of offence in order to commit extortion), and Section 395 (dacoity) and are investigating the case.

(Left) The spot from where Shekhar was abducted; (above) the car in which he was kidnapped is registered in the name of a certain Nagesha HJ



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