A reward of ₹6 lakh was announced by Subodh Jaiswal, State Director General of Police for three teams of the Navi Mumbai Police who cracked the Kalamboli IED case fortnight.
The order was issued in October but its copy was received by the Navi Mumbai Police recently. Three teams includes technical, CCTV and field who were part of a Special Investigating Team (SIT) to solve the case. There were total of 12 officers and 12 staff members in the team.
Inspector Shirish Pawar, CCTV team member, said that “It is indeed a proud moment for us. Each team gets ₹2 lakh each. We have distributed the amount to each person who was involved in the investigation. The officers will be given ₹30,000, and the staff will receive ₹20,000 each. It is a result of team work and recognition by higher authorities motivates us to give our best each time,”
On July 3, the SIT arrested Sushila Prabhakar Sathe, Manish Lakshman Bhagat (45) and Deepak Narayan Dandekar (55) from Ulwe and Pune respectively who planted the IED on June 16 outside Sudhagad School in Kalamboli. The motto was to scare and extort ₹2 crore who lived in the vicinity. CCTV footage and technical analysis helped the SIT nab the accused, the police said.
The accused were charged under sections of the Explosive Substances Act and Sections 435 (mischief by fire or explosive substance with intent to cause damage), 440 (mischief committed after preparation made for causing death or hurt), 285 (negligent conduct with respect to fire or combustible matter) and 286 (negligent conduct with respect to explosive substance) of the Indian Penal Code.