Rahul Handore, the 28-year-old man arrested by the Pune Rural police for killing his childhood friend Darshana Pawar on the foothills of Rajgad fort on June 12, was remanded in judicial custody on Monday. Pawar’s body was found near Gunjavane village on June 18. Police investigation revealed Pawar, who had just cleared the Maharashtra Public Service Commission and qualified for the post of Range Forest Officer, was killed by Handore owing to her rejection of his marriage proposal.
Handore, who worked part-time with food delivery portals to support himself while he prepared for state civil services exams, was arrested on June 21 night from the Andheri railway station. He had been in police custody since then. Handore was produced before a magistrate court in Pune on Monday. His defence lawyer Ganesh Mane said, “The court has remanded him to judicial custody… in Yerawada Central Prison.”
Police have recovered the murder weapon, a cutter and the bike Handore used at the time of the murder. Meanwhile, probe teams are looking for a shirt Handore was wearing at the time of the murder, which he is believed to have thrown from the train while he was on the run prior to his arrest on June 21. Police earlier said that Handore bludgeoned Darshana with rocks and also inflicted injuries to her with the cutter that he carried with him when he went to the Rajgad fort with her on June 12. Police have recovered some rocks from the crime scene which have marks of blood on them.