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Indian jeweller found dead in UK

Leicester police did not identify the jeweller but he was named in the local media as Ramnik Jogiya, in his 70s. A murder investigation was launched after the body was found.

world Updated: Jan 26, 2018 22:06 IST
Prasun Sonwalkar
Prasun Sonwalkar
Hindustan Times, London
United Kingdom,crime,Indian jeweller
(Representative image)

The discovery of the body of a prominent Indian jeweller in the east Midlands city of Leicester has sent shock waves in the business community in an area with a large number of jewellery shops, Indian banks and other outlets catering to the Asian community.

The body was found on Thursday following a reported kidnapping and burglary at the jeweller’s shop in Belgrave Road, also known as the Golden Mile. There have been several burglaries in the area in the past, prompting police and the business community to upgrade security.

Leicester police did not identify the jeweller but he was named in the local media as Ramnik Jogiya, in his 70s. A murder investigation was launched after the body was found in Stoughton, nearly 12 km from Belgrave Road.

Police said on Friday: “The death of a man found in Gaulby Lane, Stoughton, is being linked to an incident in Belgrave Road, Leicester, where an unknown person gained entry to a jewellery store.

“His death is currently being treated as suspicious and a murder investigation has been launched. Initial enquiries have established that a man was pulled into a vehicle and taken against his will from the area of Belgrave Road. It is believed this is linked to the discovery of the body in Stoughton.”

Detectives believe the incident at the jewellery shop in Belgrave Road was a “pre-curser to the events leading to the death”.

Jewellery shops in the area have close links with the industry in Gujarat. The Golden Mile attracts a large number of customers from the Indian and Asian communities from across the United Kingdom.

Local resident Argun Chavda told Leicester Mercury, a leading local daily: “It’s awful, what’s happened. The guy was fairly well known around the area. His shop wasn’t that busy, though. I only saw him a couple of weeks ago and he seemed fairly relaxed.”

First Published: Jan 26, 2018 22:06 IST