A local Shiv Sena leader said that the incident was related to the largescale support the Sena had received in the civic bypoll for Ward 32 (Kedgaon) of the Ahmednagar Municipal Corporation.

The result of the bypoll was announced today by State Election Commission officials.

The Congress’ Vishal Kotkar defeated the Sena’s Vijay Pathare by a thin margin of 454 votes.

“Leaders of some other parties have planned these murders due to the widespread support the Sena received in the Kedgaon bypoll,” Dilip Satpute, the party’s Ahmednagar unit chief told PTI.

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