The Surendranagar police on Thursday arrested two men in connection with the murder of a 28-year-old salesman from Rajkot,who was shot dead last week reportedly for not paying Rs 2.5 lakh lost in cricket betting.
The arrested were identified as Mukesh Pujara,a bootlegger,and Rama Bharwad,the police said,adding that efforts were on to get their custody.
The police said the body of Dhruv Pujara was found in a closed sugar mill premises at Hadiyana village in Hadvad taluka of Surendranagar district on March 24. Postmortem report revealed that he was shot dead on March 22. Two bullets were recovered from the body, said a police officer.
After preliminary investigation and based on information provided by the family and friends of Pujara,who had been living in Rajkot city for over a year,the police zeroed in investigation on Mukesh. The deceased was last seen with Mukesh. The deceaseds family said that on March 22,Dhruv had informed them that he was leaving for Ahmedabad with Mukesh, said the police.
The trio was travelling together in a car from Rajkot to Ahmedabad when Mukesh and Bharwad shot Dhruv dead and dumped the body on the outskirts of Hadiyana,the police said,adding that they have seized the car and a country-made pistol used in the crime.
They further said that the duo was associated with bookies and Dhruv reportedly owed them Rs 2.5 lakh.