Monk's death case: one surrenders before police

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Mumbai, Jan 10 (UNI) Manohar Jadhav, one of the men whose name figures in the FIR in connection with the mysterious death of a Buddhist monk recently, surrendered before the Deonar police today.

He was produced before the metropolitan magistrate court which remanded him in police custody till January 16.

Jadhav, who resides at Gautam Nagar in Deonar, told the police that he was surrendering although he was innocent. He had been falsely implicated in the case but was surrendering as he wanted to help the police in the investigations, he added.

Police had registered a murder case against a builder and others for their alleged involvement in the mysterious death of the Buddhist monk Buddha Bhante Bhadhant Sanghraj on January 6.

The 75-year-old monk was found hanging from the ceiling of his home at Gautam Nagar in Deonar in north-east Mumbai.

The complainant, Nandbodhi Boddha has accused builder Lakdawala, Dr Vivek Kolekar, Arun Kamble, Manohar Jadhav and their accomplices of allegedly murdering the monk.

The deceased, who was an executive member of the ''Boudh Vihar Committee'' is suspected to have had a dispute with the builder over a piece of land belonging to Boudh Vihar.

UNI ST MAZ SP KN1808

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