Police said one of the victims was declared dead after reaching the hospital, while another succumbed to his injuries during treatment at a Pune hospital on Monday. A 60-year-old woman too was injured in the attack. The suspect has been arrested under sections 302 (murder) and 326 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons or means) of the Indian Penal Code.
Assistant sub-inspector Sunli Chikhale of the Saswad police, who has filed a complaint, told TOI that one of the eyewitnesses informed the police that on May 23, two men and a 60-year-old woman were sitting along the road in Saswad, where the suspect used to park his ‘anda-bhurji’ cart.
“The man told us that he had seen the suspect brutally assaulting the trio with a bamboo stick as he did not want them near his food cart. The trio could not sustain it and were lying there. As they were not moving, the suspect threw water on one them,” he said.
Chikhale said the eyewitness claimed that it was boiling water and the person had screamed after that. “On May 24, the two men were still lying there, following which the suspect again thrashed them with the stick,” Chikhale said.
He said later in the night, the duo were taken to a hospital, where the 50-year-old man was declared dead by the doctors. “The 60-year-old died in a Pune hospital on Monday,” he said, adding, “The woman, who is from Saswad, suffered injuries on her hands.”
He said both the victims were yet to be identified. “They were homeless beggars. If any one has any information about the victims, s/he can approach the Saswad police,” Chikhale said.