A LOCAL COURT in Talaja town of Bhavnagar district sent Gulam Abbas Bhurani alias Gullubhai, the prime accused in the triple murder case, to 14-day judicial custody Friday after police did not seek his further remand. However, his son, who is a sitting BJP councillor of Talaja municipality and is wanted in the same case, is still on the run.
Gullubhai, the 70-year-old industrialist of Talaja, was arrested near Talaja town Wednesday evening. Police had recovered a licensed revolver from him and produced him in court on Thursday. The court had sent him to police custody for a day. As his remand ended, police produced Gullubhai before a magistrate again on Friday. “Since he seemed ill, we did not seek his further custody and the court sent him to judicial custody,” in-charge police inspector of Talaja, Taslim Rizwi said.
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The septuagenarian was later shifted to Bhavnagar district jail. Bhurani owns a chain of vegetable dehydration plants in Talaja and was a Congress leader till a few years ago. He had been named as accused number one in the complaint. “During interrogation, he confessed that he fired six rounds from his revolver. This means at least 12 rounds were fired during the violence on October 9. Gullubhai’s son, Naushad, has also confessed that he too had fired six rounds,” Rizvi, who is investigating the case, added.
Gullubhai, his sons, Naushad and Nihal, and eight others as well as about 10 odd unidentified persons were booked for murder after they allegedly shot dead three persons on the night of October 9, following a dispute over eatables during Muharram.