2 arrested in connection with Sena leader Ashok Sawant's murder

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Mumbai: The Samta Nagar police on Tuesday detained a minor in Pune in connection with the murder of former Shiv Sena corporator Ashok Sawant. "We can not reveal more at this moment", said Vinay Rathod, deputy commissioner of police (zone XII).

The incident took place when he was returning home after meeting a friend. Sawant had entered the cable television business a few years ago, he said.

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According to police sources, dispute over a Dahisar-based SRA project may have led to Sawant's murder. The police officials reached the spot and rushed him to a nearby hospital, where he was declared dead before admission. The police are also yet to ascertain the motive behind the murder and recover the murder weapon.

The Sena leader, Ashok Sawant (62), was stabbed at least 20 times by unidentified persons near his residence. Though Dodhia was not present at the scene of the crime, but the police suspect that he had awarded Jogdand the contract to kill Sawant at behest of the main accused. At one point, Sawant tried to fight back, but the assailants overpowered him and stabbed him with a chopper over 15 times.

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Sawant had served as corproator for two terms. One of his daughters was to get married on February 5. "We are waiting for the postmortem report". His brother Subhash Sawant is now working as Assistant Commissioner of Police with Mumbai Police. The police have filed a case under Indian Penal Code (IPC) section 302 and an investigation is underway.

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