Six caught for billionaire farmer’s murder in Gujarat | Surat News – Times of India

SURAT: Cracking the April 2 loot and murder of a billionaire farmer in Dumas, the city crime branch arrested six members of a Mumbai-based gang near Bhatia toll plaza on Wednesday.
Investigation revealed that the gang wanted to carry out a loot of Rs 160 crore from a bungalow in Badlapur city of Thane district and they needed cash to buy weapons and equipment for this crime.
During the early hours on April 2, five persons entered the victim Bhupendra Patel’s house in Kadi Faliya locality of Dumas, tied him up and searched for cash. However, they found only Rs four lakh. They then thrashed Patel to extract information about more cash during which he died due to strangling.
A woman named Chetna living in Patel’s neighbouring home was also arrested for her allegedly tipping off the gang that he had Rs three crore at home earned from a land deal.
Bhupendra’s neighbour Chetna Patel (40) was arrested in the evening after she tested negative for Covid-19. She tipped the accused gang that Bhupendra has Rs three crore in his house that he earned from a land deal.
“She was driven by greed and her sister in Mumbai knew one of the accused Pratap Gida. Through her sister, she passed on the information,” said a senior police official.
The robbers first entered the compound of Chetna’s home and jumped the wall to enter Patel’s house. Investigation revealed that the gang had come on the night of March 31 and was about to enter Patel’s house. But when a dog started barking, Chetna’s husband Lalit woke up and went out to check. Seeing him, two men escaped from there and Lalit saw them too.
They returned a day later and Chetna had kept the iron grill of her compound open so that the robbers could enter the compound stealthily. They entered Patel’s house again and executed the crime.
“Police cracked the crime in which a gang of hardened criminals from Mumbai are involved. By arresting the gang, we prevented another loot near Mumbai for which the gang was preparing,” said Ajay Tomar, city police commissioner.
Those arrested were Vishal Vaniya, Pratap Gida, Mithun alias Shetty Mohan Vaniyan alias Rohit Shetty alias Bairansinh Rana, Pintu Arjun Chaudhary and Ketan Ramesh Hadiya, all members of the gang from Mumbai.
Gida and Hadiya, both natives of Mendarda in Junagadh, were involved in three offences in Junagadh and Savarkundla. Shetty and Chaudhary are involved in two offences registered in Malad in Mumbai and Karnataka. Police recovered two country-made pistols, two cartridges, two stolen motorcycles, eight mobile phones and cash Rs one lakh from them.

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