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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Bengre had wanted to kill Karbatkar’s friend in jail

CB, IGP clueless on motive behind killing; nexus between prison officials & criminals in Colvale jail revealed

PANJIM: Over 24 hours after gangster Ashpaq Bengre was killed in Colvale Jail, Crime Branch and Inspector General of Prisons, are yet to ascertain the motive behind the murder. Initial investigations by CB reveal a nexus between criminals and prison officials.

An independent inquiry by Herald, through highly placed sources in the prison, revealed that Bengre had plotted to kill a friend of the accused Vinayak Karbatkar, who is an under trial lodged at Sada Sub Jail.
Sources said that Bengre, who was operating an inter-state gang from inside the jail, had in connivance with jail authorities managed to get the inmate transferred from Sada Sub Jail to Colvale Jail. Bengre wanted to take revenge on an attack on him by the inmate that had occurred in the Mapusa judicial lock up five years ago.
Karbatkar who is close to the inmate and wanted to avoid the attack on his friend, assaulted Bengre leading to the latter’s death. Prison sources confirmed that Karbatkar had developed close ties with Bengre after the latter was brought on a production warrant from Punjab, and was waiting for the right time to hit Bengre.
Investigations are also looking at a contract killing angle. Bengre’s hold in the coastal belt had not gone well with other criminals operating in the area. Crime Branch is investigating whether any other gangs or his victims had put out a contract to kill Bengre.
The gangster’s targets were usually the real estate lobby, hotel industry, small time businessmen and others associated with the hospitality sector. CB has got Karbatkar on five days remand and they expect custodial interrogation to spill the beans on the gang war within the prison walls. Karbatkar, who is accused in almost 13 crimes in Goa and Maharashtra, was taken for a forensic examination at GMC.
CB officials said the inquest panchanama and post-mortem of Bengre’s body will be conducted on Thursday at GMC.
IGP Elvis Gomes said he has sent a team to Colvale jail for a departmental inquiry and the report is expected shortly. He added that action on lapses will be taken accordingly.

Herald Goa News

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