The Kutch East police on Saturday arrested three persons in connection with the recent robbery of 2.5 kilogram gold ornament worth Rs 72 lakh from three Rajkot-based jewellers on National Highway 8A in Bhachau taluka of Kutch district.
The police said that based on intelligence it arrested Ashish Soni, 27, Hitendra Sinh Jadeja, 30, both residents of Gandhidham and Rahul Soni, 25, a resident of Bhachau. According to police, gold ornaments worth more than Rs 32 lakh have been recovered from the accused. However, one of the accomplices is still at large.
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Police said that the trio had stopped the car the three jewellers were travelling in and beat them up with pipes and also opened fire in air to intimidate them. The victims were returning home after selling gold ornaments in Gandhidham, Adipur and Anjar when they were robbed by four men who had chased them in a grey car.
The incident had occurred on Thursday night near the check-post of regional transport office (RTO), some nine kilometres away from Bhachau on NH 8A. The victims, who are residents of Hatkeshwar Chowk near Darbargadh in Rajkot, had gone to Kutch to sell ornaments but were returning home without doing much business. The FIR was lodged by Harshad Adesara, one of the jewellers, against four unidentified men for robbery with attempt to cause death or grievous hurt and under Arms Act.
*Murder accused brought from Meerut
On the other hand, the B division of Gandhidham police brought Afroz Ansari, a Haryana-based gangster, from Meerut in connection with Rajkot businessman Sachin Dhavan murder case. Ansari, originally from Bihar, was wanted by the police for murdering Dhavan in August.
Police said that Meerut police had arrested Ansari during vehicle checking when it found that he was driving a stolen car. Police said that since an arrest warrant was pending against Ansari in Rajkot, the Meerut police contacted them. Ansari was brought from Meerut on transfer warrant. Ansari, his brother Ali and Rinku Rampal Dhimant, all from Haryana, are accused of shooting Dhavan outside his godown.