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Sarafa trader, others held for murder

A SALESMAN, who had come from Mumbai with Rs 50 lakh worth of gold, had been looted and murdered in Indore in October 2, 2004, and his body was found dumped in the Betma area.

india Updated: Apr 07, 2006 13:12 IST

A SALESMAN, who had come from Mumbai with Rs 50 lakh worth of gold, had been looted and murdered in Indore in October 2, 2004, and his body was found dumped in the Betma area. After nearly one and half years, police have arrested four persons, including an owner of a jewellery shop in Sarafa, who had been absconding after becoming bankrupt. They have also seized 1.25 kg of gold worth around Rs 10 lakh.

Juni Indore CSP Padmavilochan Shukla said that salesman of Roopsangam Jewellers Sanjay Jain had come to sell the gold jewellery to Vijay Soni, who owned Madanlal Gopaldas Jewellers in Sarafa. However, even before Jain had started from Mumbai with the gold, Soni along with his friends Raju Mishra, Anil Yadav and Chandrashekhar Dube, all residents of Sudama Nagar, decided that they were going to kill Jain and take his gold.

They invited Jain to Raju Mishra’s house with the promise that they would also invite a call girl to entertain them. Jain fell into the trap and when he reached Raju Mishra’s house the four of them strangulated him and looted his gold. They then wrapped his body in a mattress, tied it with a telephone wire, carted it in a car to a lonely place between Kalaria and Betma and dumped it.

Vijay Soni, who was the brain behind the murder, gave one kg of gold each to Raju, Anil and Chandrashekhar, and sold seven kg of gold, out of which he gave Rs 3.5 lakh each to Raju and Chandrashekhar and Rs 2.80 lakh to Anil. After committing the crime, Vijay fled to Delhi along with his brother, from where he was arrested.

After Jain had gone missing, the owner of the gold, Amritlal Surajmal Jain, had come to Sarafa police station to lodge a report. The investigation of the case had been put on the backburner when police suddenly received a tip-off that Vijay Soni was involved in the murder.

A team was formed and one of the team members got close to Anil Yadav, who is a mechanic by profession, and gained his confidence, which made him divulge some information that confirmed that Vijay Soni was involved in Jain’s murder. Then police picked up Anil and during interrogation he confessed his involvement and also that of the other members. Subsequently police arrested the other members.

Apart from the gold, police also seized a mobile phone that belonged to Sanjay Jain, and also an Alto car and a motorcycle that had been purchased with the looted money. The accused had purchased houses for themselves in the Sudama Nagar area with the looted money.

First Published: Apr 07, 2006 13:12 IST