With police having so far failed to trace Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) general secretary Jayanti Gohil who went missing on July 9,the politicians son on Thursday alleged that senior officials of a top city-based industrial house were behind the disappearance of his father.
In a statement to the Navrangpura police,Parth reportedly said that a dispute over repayment of an advance amount for a piece of land his father had taken,could be the reason behind the incident.
Parth said his father was looking for a big chunk of land near Nalsarovar needed by the industrialist for his project. As his father could not arrange for the land,he was being threatened by some officials of the industrialist for not returning the money.
A senior city police officer said,Gohil vanished on the same day he had to repay the sum of around Rs 50 lakh to the industrialist. We have come to know that he had gone missing like this a few years back and later found from Khambhat.
Navrangpura police inspector P M Sarvaiya who is conducting the investigations said,We have begun questioning officials of the industrial house.
Asked who was the industrialist in question,Sarvaiya said Parth had not mentioned the name of the industrialist in his statement.
Investigators said that Gohil was carrying two cellphones but none was working.
Sources said that a team of the police had gone to Khambhat,from where he was recovered when he had earlier gone missing,but returned empty-handed. Similarly,a team was sent to his religious Guru in a village in Junagadh but no clue was found.
When contacted,NCP state president Jayant Patel alias Bowsky said,Four-five days ago,Gohil had called me up and asked for my assistance to resolve a land dispute in which he was being threatened. I was in Delhi at that time and I told him to consult a lawyer. He went missing before I returned. I dont know the details of the land deal.
Bowsky said he had called Parth to his office on Thursday. He did not turn up at NCP office and straightaway went to the Navrangpura police station. He returned to his native village Dholka after giving statement to the police.
According to an FIR lodged in the Navrangpura police station by his driver Altaf Malek,Gohil had come to the city on July 9. Altaf dropped him outside the Shikhar Apartment,adjoining the Adani House,near Mithakhali Six roads,around 5.45 pm. While getting down from the car,Gohil had told Altaf that he was going to attend a meeting with some people and told him to pick him up after he called him on phone. But Altaf did not get any call from Gohil.
When Altaf called Gohil around 11 pm,his cellphone was switched off,following which he approached the Navrangpura police.
NCP sources said that Gohil mostly dealt in land in Dholka and nearby industrial areas.
He was also involved in construction of multi-storyed buildings and bungalows in Dholka in the name of Parth Developers.
His NCP colleagues said that 52-year-old Gohil was planning to contest Assembly elections to be held later this year.