NCP MP Patil's arrest sparks violence in Osmanabad

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Osmanabad (Maharashtra) June 8 (ANI): Irate supporters of an arrested Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MP Padamsinh Patil, forced business establishment to close down in Osmanabad area of Maharashtra on Sunday.

Padamsinh Patil, a newly-elected lawmaker was arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Saturday for his alleged involvement in the 2006 murder of Congress leader Pawanraje Nimbalkar.

NCP activists, who went on rampage after the news of Patil's arrest spread, damaged several buses of Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation and also damaged a private news channel's vehicle.

Patil was on Sunday sent to seven days CBI custody by a Panvel court after he was arrested. The custody comes up for review on June 14.

Earlier, Superintendent of Police, CBI, Amitabh Thakur, said he was being questioned at the CBI office in South Mumbai after an arrested accused Parasmal Jain claimed that Patil had ordered Nimbalkar's murder.

According to a statement submitted by Jain, he was paid a supari (contract amount) of Rs.30 lakh by Patil to eliminate Nimbalkar due to business rivalry.

Two men on a motorcycle gunned down Nimbalkar and his driver Samad Qazi near Kopar Khairne, Navi Mumbai on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway on June 3, 2006. The Kalamboli police did the initial investigations.

The Bombay High Court then transferred the case to CBI in October 2008.

In February this year, police arrested two men in connection with the murder. After interrogating the two, police found that Rs 30 lakh was paid to kill the Congress leader.

The CBI had earlier this year nabbed two people, and one of them had confessed to the murder of Nimbalkar at somebody's behest. (ANI)

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