GOA: The conspiracy to kill Margao jeweller Swapnil Walke was hatched almost six months ago, and the culprits were waiting for an opportune time to strike and execute the heinous plot. The recent lifting of the lockdown, enabling commercial establishments to reopen and facilitating travel across borders, allowed them to purchase the country-made pistol from outside Goa, with which the assailant eventually did him.
While South Goa police have maintained total secrecy, avoiding any interaction with reporters so far, it has now come to the fore that meticulous gathering of evidence and clues post-murder under the supervision of South Goa SP Pankaj Kumar Singh ensured that police obtained crucial leads, and the accused were trapped into the police dragnet within 24 hours of the incident. Eleven teams, each headed by an officer of the rank of inspector, all from South Goa, were formed soon after the murder to nab the accused identified in CCTV footage that was obtained from several surveillance cameras across town.
The movement of a two-wheeler used by an accused to flee from the spot after committing the murder was tracked by police, and that led them on the trail of the culprits. Sources said that the scooter was identified as the one that was used to commit another crime earlier, which enabled the cops to link the murder to the Santa Cruz gang. This information was shared with all divisions of Goa Police, and it was at this juncture that crime branch sleuths nabbed Omkar Patil from his Santa Cruz hideout. The abandoned SUV near the site of the crime was another vital clue that led to the police nabbing another suspect, also from the same locality.
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