On Monday, the Navi Mumbai police arrested a BJP office-bearer from Jalgaon district, a distant relative of a former state BJP Minister who was connected to the kidnapping case of a missing lady police inspector from Navi Mumbai last year.
The person arrested is Rajesh Patil, a Taluka Youth President for BJP in Jalgaon.
Patil is the second arrest in the missing case of API Ashwini Bidre who went missing last year. It is suspected that she was kidnapped.
Abhay Kurundkar, a police inspector with the Thane Rural Police, another suspect was arrested last Thursday for allegedly kidnapping BIdre who has been missing since April 2016.
It is suspected by the police and family that Kurundkar had kidnapped and killed her.
Upon further investigation, the cops found Patil . they tracked down his cell tower location along with Kurundkar and Bidre at the same location on the day Bidre went missing.
The officers who are part of the investigation said that Bidre and Kurundkar were in a relationship and the latter, Krundkar had promised to marry Bidre.
It seems as though the kidnapping has to with infidelity in Bidre and Gore’s relationship
Ashwini Bidre was married to Raju Gore and they both have a daughter together. they both were married in 2005 and Bidre, a Kolhapur resident cleared her MPSC in 2007 which gave her the police sub-inspector position.
However, Bidre later met Kurundkar, a police officer of Sangli’s police station while on duty, and grew close to him. Bidre was later transferred to Ratnagiri police station, where Kurunkar came regularly to visit her.
A while later, they both were transferred to Thane and Navi Mumbai. Hence, Bidre started staying in Kalamboli.
Her husband was staying in Kolahpur with their daughter when he came to know about the affair.
A police official from Kalamboli said “Kurundkar had promised Bidre that he would marry her but would get upset whenever brought up the topic and refused to indulge in a physical relationship. Bidre, on the other hand, was forcing Kurundkar for marriage which he reportedly didn’t want to.”
After Ashwini Bidre went missing in 2016, her brother Anand BIdre lodged a complaint with the Kalamboli police station of voluntarily causing hurt, kidnapping, adultery and criminal intimidation.
The police also have video of Kurunkar assaulting Bidre from 2014
Though Anand made several rounds to the police station, nothing happened in the case.
Last Thursday, Kurundkar was arrested and was kept in police custody.
“We have arrested Kurundkar for kidnapping as off now and are inquiring with him about Bidre. We are trying to find out if he killed her or what has happened, Patil’s arrest would help us find out why he was at the same locations as Bidre and Kurunkar and it is suspected he has knowledge of what had happened to Bidre” said a police officer.