Two days after the murder of jeweller Atul Goel, 42, at Kavi Nagar, traders’ association members at the Chopla Market decried police laxity in dealing with criminals. Undeterred by the charges, senior police officials said that they were ‘very close’ to cracking the case.
They added that the case could be linked to certain business dealings and the ‘personal life’ of the victim.
Senior superintendent of police (SSP) Raghubir Lal, who undertook investigations into the blind murder case himself, said the culprits could be linked to Goel’s ‘personal life’ and certain business dealings.
Ruling out the involvement of criminals in the case, Lal said, “We are very close to cracking the case after having questioned the victim’s family on Sunday night. They have revealed some ‘meaningful’ information. We are also probing some aspects of the victim’s ‘personal life’.”
Apart from Goel’s recent dealings in 14 kg gold and 300 kg silver, the police have spotted six ‘big-fish’ in the city, suspected of carrying out suspicious transactions linked to gold and silver, police said.
“We have various leads in the connection. Our investigations have now reached Chandigarh, Amritsar and Gujarat, apart from Meerut and Mathura,” Lal added.
Goel, a renowned jeweller, who owned five jewellery showrooms in the city, was found shot dead inside his Wagon-R car on Saturday morning.