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Pravin Mahajan to be cremated Thursday

Mumbai, March 4 (IANS) Pravin Mahajan, who was sentenced to life for killing his elder brother Pramod Mahajan and died after a prolonged illness at a Thane hospital, will be cremated Thursday afternoon.

His brother Prakash said the family had also decided to bear all the medical expenses during Pravin’s 82-day stay in the intensive care unit of Jupiter Hospital.

Pravin’s body was taken to the Sir J.J. Hospital in Mumbai for an autopsy Wednesday night and then handed over to the family.

Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Gopinath Munde expressed ‘regrets’ over the death, but declined to say whether he would attend the funeral.

Pravin, 50, had been admitted to Jupiter Hospital following a massive brain haemorrhage Dec 11, 2009, when he was on parole. He had been in coma since.

In a dramatic murder that shocked the country, he had shot his brother and BJP leader Pramod Mahajan on April 22, 2006, in his Mumbai home. The high-profile BJP leader succumbed to his bullet wounds 11 days later on May 3.

Shortly after committing the crime, Pravin walked down to the Worli police station and surrendered with his weapon.

Pravin was sentenced to life in jail by a sessions court for fratricide on Dec 18, 2007.

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