Pune: The Airport police on Wednesday arrested a labour contractor, Santosh Rathod (32), on the charge of bludgeoning a woman to death at Lohegaon on Monday midnight over a previous dispute.
“We showed photographs of her smashed face to the local residents and construction labourers and this helped us to establish her identity as Anita Rathod (28), a resident of Lohegaon,” said senior inspector Gajanan Pawar.
Pawar said, “Information collected from people known to Anita revealed that she was married and was working as a labour at a construction site when she entered into a relationship with contractor Rathod, who hails from Solapur and currently resides at Lohegaon. She left Rathod over some dispute and got friendly with another man. When Rathod learnt about her friendship with another man, he tried to woo her back, but in vain.”
“Rathod, during questioning, told police that he had met Anita on Monday night and chatted with her for some time,” he said.
He then lured her to accompany him for some work, took her to the field and throttled her to death. He then smashed her face with stone and took to heels,” he added.
“We arrested him on the charge of committing murder and destroying evidence under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC),” he added.