Ex-Home Minister Padam Sinh Patil’s kin and former chairman of Osmanabad District Central Co-operative Bank, Pawanraje Nimbalkar, and his driver were shot dead near Kalamboli. The murder has sent shock waves in the political circles. Ex-Home Minister Padam Sinh Patil’s kin and former chairman of Osmanabad District Central Co-operative Bank, Pawanraje Nimbalkar was on his way to Pune from Thane, when two motorcyclists shot at him from their moving vehicle. The incident occurred at 3:30 pm when Nimbalkar’s Skoda was on the Mumbai Pune Express Highway connecting road. Nimbalkar was shot point blank and the bullet hit his head. He suffered severe injuries in his brain. His driver, Sayeed Qazi, was shot in arm but the bullet went through his heart. The attackers had come very close to the car before shooting at them, the police said. Nimbalkar and his driver were first taken to MGM hospital in Kalamboli and then to Navi Mumbai Municipal Hospital. But they were declared dead on arrival. Pawanraje Nimbalkar was one of the accused in the 2000-2002 scam involving Sanjay Agarwal of Home Trade. He was connected with Energy Minister Dr Padamsinh Patil at the time. He evaded arrest for almost two months. But he has been out on bail since then. Hearing the news of the murder, Ex-Home Minister Padam Sinh Patil visited Navi Mumbai and speaking to the media informed that he had not met Nimbalkar for the last four years. Following differences with Padam Sinh Patil, Nimbalkar contested elections against him in Osmanabad in 2004. He lost the elections by 484 votes. The murder of Nimbalkar has sent shockwaves across political circles and set tongues wagging as the deceased was not on the best of terms with Patil. Relations between the two had soured a few years ago after Nimbalkar’s arrest in the multi-crore Home Trade securities scam. The killing of Nimbalkar, political observers said, could only add to Patil’s troubles as he had filed a police complaint some years back accusing his cousin of threatening him with dire consequences.
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