Pune: Residents Hold Candlelight March In Aundh After Fatal Attack On Senior Citizen, Demand Justice and Security Reforms 

Pune: Residents Hold Candlelight March In Aundh After Fatal Attack On Senior Citizen, Demand Justice and Security Reforms 

Pune: Residents Hold Candlelight March In Aundh After Fatal Attack On Senior Citizen, Demand Justice and Security Reforms 

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Community Demands Justice and Security Reforms Following Brutal Murder of 77-Year-Old During Morning Walk.

June 17, 2024 : The police have detained another minor in connection with the brutal Aundh attack, increasing the total number of juveniles in custody to four. Additionally, one adult has been arrested, while another suspect remains at large. This follows the tragic murder of Sameer Roychowdhury, a 77-year-old retiree, who was attacked with iron rods by a group of robbers during his early morning walk on June 13. The same attackers also assaulted cyclist Shreyas Satish Shetty, 30, and security guard Ramsobitkumar Thakku Mandal.

In response to the disturbing crime, residents of Aundh held a candlelight march on Saturday evening to protest the murder of Roychowdhury and to demand justice and improved security measures.

A civil rights activist, voiced the community’s concerns, saying, “We want to bring it to the notice of the authorities that the life of an innocent citizen was lost for no fault of his. The attackers, despite being minors, must be tried as adults as they have committed a heinous crime under the influence of alcohol with the intention of looting and robbery.”

A friend of Roychowdhury, added, “Most of the time police are deployed for VIP bandobast, leaving the security of common man at risk. Such incidents have no place in society. The police must take strict action against the culprits and ensure justice is done to the family.”

The Pune Police, investigating the fatal assault, have confirmed that robbery was the motive behind the attack. They have also seized two vehicles—a motorcycle and an autorickshaw—used by the assailants during the crime. The police have detained another 17-year-old juvenile in connection with the murder. The minor was detained late in the evening and will be produced before the Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) tomorrow.

Amid the ongoing investigation, Ajay Kulkarni, the in-charge of Chaturshringi police station, who was handling the case, has been transferred. Pune Police Commissioner Amitesh Kumar issued the transfer order on Friday. Kulkarni had earlier applied for a transfer. He has been temporarily replaced by Police Inspector Shailesh Sankhe, currently attached to the traffic branch of the city commissionerate.

Vijay Magar, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone IV), commented on the case, “We have apprehended another 17-year-old juvenile in connection with the murder. The minor was detained late in the evening and will be produced before the Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) tomorrow.”

The community’s call for stricter security measures and justice underscores the pressing need for better protection and swift action against such criminal activities.

Joyville