The Navi Mumbai police on Thursday took into custody a police inspector, Abhay Kurundkar, posted at the Thane Rural police station, on charges of abducting a woman cop who has been missing since April last year.
Cops as well as relative of the missing woman police officer believe Kurundkar abducted and murdered her.
Cops close to the probe said that the missing woman cop and Kurundkar were having affair and he assured her of marriage.
Assistant police inspector, Prakash Nilewad of Kalamboli late last night took Abhay Kurundkar into custody. As per police, the woman assistant police inspector Ashwini Raju Gore aka Ashwini Bidre (37), who was working with the Human Rights Commission, Navi Mumbai branch disappeared in April last year.
Bidre, hailing from Kolhapur married Raju Gore in the year 2005 and has a daughter. She cracked MPSC examination in 2007 and became a police sub-inspector.
Bidre then came in contact with Kurundkar in Sangli police station, and both fell in love with other there. Kurundkar had promised to marry her; later Bidre got promotion and transferred to Ratnagiri police station and Kurundkar often went to see her.
After sometime, both Bidre and Kurundkar were transferred to Thane and Navi Mumbai. Bidre began residing in Kalamboli, while her daughter and husband lived in Kolhapur after they came to know about her alleged illicit relationship.
Kurundkar had assured Bidre of marriage but would get irritated whenever Bidre would talk about it and would stop indulging in a sexual relationship.
It’s found that Bidre was pressuring Kurundkar for getting married which he reportedly avoided,” said a cop from Kalamboli police station.
When the woman cop went missing, her brother Anand Bidre registered an FIR with Kalamboli police station of voluntarily causing hurt, kidnapping, adultery and criminal intimidation. A video clip of Kurundkar beating up Bidre from 2014 is also in possession of police.
“We have taken Kurundkar into custody on charges of kidnapping for now and are questioning him regarding Bidre. We are trying to determine whether he murdered her or what happened,” said Nilewad.
Relatives of Bidre claim that after murdering her Kurundkar would have disposed off her body in Thane’s forest area.