A 40-year-old businessman allegedly abducted on Monday was found murdered on Wednesday evening. Police said the burnt body of the victim abducted for ransom was found at Bopdeo Ghat based on information extracted from arrested suspects.
The victim, Jalaram Rathod, ran a catering business in Bibvewadi and was allegedly kidnapped from Bibvewadi in the early hours of Monday near a wedding hall. One of the suspects is a murder convict out on parole.
Deputy Commissioner of Police Shirish Sardeshpande said, “After the kidnapping, we immediately started our probe. Based on information, a suspect was arrested. He told us the victim was murdered and his body dumped at Bobdeo Ghat near Kondhwa. Our investigation shows the abduction was for ransom but the family was never called for money.”
The suspects were identified as Shabbir Shaikh, who is out on parole, Santosh Chavan, M Rashid, Inayat Shaikh and Ayub Pathan, all from Kondhwa. Police said Shabbir and another person had beheaded a man in Kondhwa in 2007 over enmity and were sentenced to life imprisonment.
A police officer said on condition anonymity, “Chavan and Rashid are also into catering business. They tipped off Shabbir about Rathod as a possible target for kidnapping. The suspects kidnapped Rathod from near Yash Lawns and demanded Rs 1 crore from him. He said he could not pay the amount. They strangled him to death and burnt his body. We recovered the body from Bopdeo Ghat on Wednesday evening.”
The team of Swargate police included inspector Deepak Nikam, API Sandesh Kenjale, constables Santosh Kshirsagar, Yogesh Jagtap, Shakil Shaikh, Amjad Pathan and Ghadge.