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Crime Patrol: Man steals from employer, killed by friends for booty (Episode 170 on 26th Oct 2012)

The Inside Story

Five Arrested for Murder of Manager at Gold Manufacturing Workshop in Dahisar, Mumbai

Prashant Rahatwal, a 24-year-old manager at a gold manufacturing workshop in Rose Villa, Dahisar (W), was murdered by five of his friends on July 29, 2012, after he told them that he had stolen gold ornaments worth Rs 20 lakh. The victim's friends, as well as two jewelers who had purchased the stolen gold from them, were arrested. During the investigation, it was revealed that Rahatwal's friend, Surendra Patil, had offered to make him a partner in a bar he was planning to purchase and had asked him to arrange for Rs 8 lakh in cash or gold. Surendra planned to show these as a guarantee for taking a loan to purchase the bar.

When Rahatwal agreed, Surendra called him to Alibaug on July 29. But Surendra had hatched a plot to bump off Rahatwal and steal his gold. He roped in four of their friends to carry out the crime. First, they took Rahatwal out for drinks. On the pretext of showing him the bar to be purchased, the accused took Rahatwal into a forest, where they had already dug up a pit. They beat up Rahatwal with iron rods, strangled him with a wire, and buried his body in the pit.

Surendra led the cops to two Alibaug-based jewelers who had purchased the gold from him despite knowing that it was stolen. The Jains gave Surendra an initial sum of Rs 25,000 for the gold and were to pay the remaining amount later. Meanwhile, the Jains came to Mumbai and sold the gold at Zaveri Bazaar for Rs 12.5 lakh. All the accused have been remanded in police custody till August 11.

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