5 get life term for abduction of Khandwa-based property dealer

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Khandwa
  • Updated: Jul 30, 2015 17:26 IST

The district court of Khandwa on Wednesday awarded life imprisonment to five members of Bhadoriya gang for their involvement in the abduction of a city-based property dealer, Rajesh Jain, 41, from Vijay Nagar area in Indore about two years ago. The court also sentenced one person to one year in jail and acquitted three others in the case.

According to district prosecution officer (DPO) Rajendra Singh Bhadoriya, the court of first additional district judge Akshaya Diwedi found five accused – Sudhir alias Rajsingh Bhadoriya, 38; Omkar Singh alias Sheety, 38; Ripusudan Gautam, 30; Pradeep alias Rajeev Shrivastav, 40; and Mohammed Innam alias Hazi, 40 – guilty of cheating, kidnapping and criminal conspiracy, among other charges, and handed life sentences to them.

While the first three convicts are residents of Agra in Uttar Pradesh, the other two hail from Bulandshahr and Shamli respectively.

Sajjan Singh Chouhan of Mahidpur was given one year imprisonment and three others – Guddu alias Iliyas, Ramesh alias Cheeni and Pankaj alias Fauji, all residents of Indore – were acquitted.

DPO Singh said that the court slapped a total penalty of Rs 6.75 lakh on the convicts.

Singh said all the convicts belong to the Bhadoriya gang, while Dhananjay, the main member of the gang, is still absconding and police are still on manhunt.

According to police, Rajesh Jain was abducted from Vijay Nagar area in Indore on August 24, 2013.

He was in Indore along with some other property brokers from Khandwa to settle a property deal with Dinesh Solanki and Raju Shrivastava, who introduced themselves as employees of the National Highway Company. After Jain’s abduction, the police recovered his car bearing registration No MP09/CC3501 from a private hospital parking lot. The abductors had then demanded a ransom of `5 crore from his family members.

Later, on August 28, in a joint operation conducted by Uttar Pradesh special task force, Indore crime branch and Khandwa police, he was rescued from Faridabad, where abductors kept him confined for four days. Police arrested Bhadoriya gang members in a raid.

Police recovered highly sophisticated arms, including AK -47 rifles, five pistols, hand grandees, hundreds of live cartridges, cash, cell phones and knifes from them.

Acting on information provided by the arrested gang members during interrogation, police arrested three more gangsters of Bhadoriya gang from a village under Chagaon Makhan police station limit between May 21 and May 23, 2014.

Case timeline

Aug 24, 2013: Rajesh Jain, a property dealer, resident of Sarafa Bazar Khandwa, was abducted from Indore

Aug 28, 2013: The police rescued Rajesh Jain from Faridabad and arrested Bhadoriya gang members

May 21-23, 2014: The Khandwa police arrested three more member of the Bhadoriya gang from a village under Chagaon Makahn police station limit

July 29, 2015: The district court, Khandwa sentenced life imprisonment to five persons, a one-year jail term to one and acquitted three others in the case

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