A local court on Tuesday extended police custody of oil miller Samir Shah who has been arrested for alleged murder of his employee Dinesh Daxini even as police nabbed one more accused who had been absconding.
Shah, promoter of Shree Rajmoti Industries, was arrested from a Jaipur hotel on Friday night. He was produced in the court on Sunday and the police had secured his custody till Monday. As his remanded ended, he was again produced in the court of magistrate BH Ghasura and police sought his further remand.
However, Shah’s lawyer opposed the remand application saying his client had already been available for custodial interrogation for two days and that further remand was not warranted. However, the police said investigation was still over and that a few accused were yet to be arrested and therefore Shah’s custody was necessary.
After hearing both the sides, the magistrate extended 57-year-old Shah’s custody till Thursday.
Meanwhile, the city police also arrested Kripalsinh Chudasama who was on the run since Daxini was allegedly beaten to death on March 1 this year. “Based on a tip-off, we arrested him from Morbi road of the city,” assistant commissioner Banno Joshi, who is investigating the case said.
Chudasama’s arrest comes hours after Shah led police to his native village Unchadi in Dhandhuka taluka of Ahmedabad district on Monday night.
According to the police, Chudasama, who was a security guard at Rajmoti Industries, and Rajmoti Industries manager Samir Gandhi abducted Daxini from his residence in Ahmedabad and brought him to Rajkot on February 28 on the orders of Shah over irregularities to the tune of Rs 65 lakh in accounts. He was confined on the compound of the oil mill in the city and beaten severly by Gandhi and others. Later he was handed over to Bedipara police post where assistant sub-inspector Yogesh Bhatt also beat him. Eventually, he collapsed in the police post and died subsequently on March 1.
Besides Shah and Gandhi, ASI Bhatt and police sub-inspector MC Maru were booked for murder and kidnapping. Gandhi is presently in judicial custody. Joshi said that the ASI, who has since been suspended, has been absconding while the PSI is on sick leave and that “course of action will be decided once he returns.”
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