The crime Branch of Rajkot city finally arrested oil miller Samir Shah from luxurious hotel in Jaipur late on Friday night in connection with alleged murder of his employee Dinesh Daxini. The industrialist was on the run since he was booked for the murder and even as courts had denied him anticipatory bail.
Sleuths of the Detection of Crime Branch (DCB) of Rajkot city police conducted a joint operation with the Crime Branch of Jaipur and nabbed the 57-year-old industrialist from his room in Hotel Mansingh in Jaipur.
“He was arrested late night from his hotel room by a select team of Crime Branch with the help of Jaipur Crime Branch. He is being escorted to Rajkot and the team is likely to reach Rajkot by Saturday evening,” Rajkot city police commissioner Anupam Singh Gehlot told The Indian Express.
The commissioner said that Crime Branch team had been on the trail of Shah, owner of Shree Rajmoti Industries for the last two days. “Day before yesterday, he was in Mathura. Then he took the road to Jaipur. The local police in Jaipur set up checking points at traffic junctions but he escaped. Finally, we searched hotels in Jaipur where he could possibly put up. Eventually, he was caught from Hotel Mansinh,” said Gehlot.
Shah, who is also incumbent chairman of Rajkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) had gone underground since March 1 after his employee Dinesh Daxini collapsed in Bedipara police post in Rajkot died under mysterious circumstances. Daxini was managing a depot of Rajmoti Industries in Ahmedabad.
According to the FIR, Daxini was kidnapped from his residence in Ahmedabad by Rajmoti Industries manager Samir Gandhi and Ravindrasinh Chudasama on February 28. He was brought to Rajkot, kept in the compound of Rajmoti Industries oil mill and beaten up severely over alleged irregularities to the tune of Rs 65 lakh in accounts.
Eventually, he was handed over to Bedipara police post under B Division police of Rajkot where assistant sub-inspector Yogesh Bhatt also beat him. After Daxini collapsed all of a sudden, he was rushed to PDU General Hospital in the city where doctors, after a post-mortem declared he had died due to shock and haemorrhage caused by injuries inflicted with blunt weapons.
While Gandhi was arrested subsequently and is presently in judicial custody, Shah had been on the run ever since. Similarly, ASI Bhatt has also gone underground and police sub-inspector MC Maru, who was in charge of the Bedipara police post when the alleged incident took place, is yet to be arrested by police.
Based on a complaint filed by Daxini’s brother-in-law Ashok Thakkar, the five were booked for kidnapping, murder and criminal conspiracy by B Division police.
Shah, who is also incumbent president of Saurashtra Oil Mills Association, the once-powerful organisation of owners of edible oil mills and oil traders, had moved Rajkot District and Sessions Court on March 15 for anticipatory bail. However, his plea was turned down. Gujarat High Court had also refused to grant him protection against arrest.
The commissioner said that the Crime Branch officers spotted a car bearing registration number of Gujarat. “They found out that the car bearing registration plate of Rajkot was registered in the name of Shah’s son. Based on that, they managed to reach Shah,” said Gehlot.