A local court in Talaja town of Bhavnagar district sent Gulam Abbas Bhurani alias Gullubhai, the prime accused in the alleged triple murder case, to 14-day judicial custody on 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.
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Gullubhai, the 70-year-old industrialist of Talaja, was arrested from near Talaja town on 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, Taslmi Rizwi told The Indian Express. 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.
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“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 Nauashad has also confessed that he too had fired six rounds from his revolver,” Rizvi, who is investigating the case further said.
Gullubhai, his sons Naushad and Nihal, as well as a five to 10 unidentified persons were booked for murder and rioting after they allegedly opened fire and shot dead three persons on the night of October 9 following a dispute over distributing niaz or eatables during the month of Muharrum. The victims were identified as Pyarali Madhvani (60) and his two sons—Hussain (26) and Abbas (24).
Nihal, who is on the run, is the sitting BJP councillor of Talaja municipality. His wife Rozy is also one of the 11 accused named in the case. Bhurani is the sixth person to be arrested in connection with the case. Before him, his son Naushad, Minaz Patel, Shabbir Bhurani, Abbas Bhurani and Imrani Bhurani have been arrested. Police had recovered a lincesed revolver from Naushad also. The five are also in judicial custody presently.
Meanwhile, Madhvani’s nephew Mahendi Raza Madhwani, who was seriously injured in the clash between the two families has been discharged from hospital.