Cops arrest five for attempting to abduct Haldiram’s Director

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 04 Jul 2018 14:39:01


Special Correspondent,

DHANTOLI Police made a significant breakthrough on Tuesday by arresting a gang of hardcore criminals that had attempted abduction of Rajendra Shivkisan Agrawal, Director of Haldiram’s Food International Limited, from Shani Mandir in April this year.
One of the accused in the case is Agrawal’s former driver Shyam Bahadur Singh Samsher Singh (46), a resident of Plot No 727, Hiwri Nagar, near Power House. He had hatched the plan to abduct Agrawal (55) to extort Rs 50 lakh.

The other accused arrested include Saurabh Bhimrao Chauhan (21), Atul Gopal Patil (24), both residents of Rambag, Rohit Rajendra Ghumle (29), a resident of Somwari Quarter No. 5/1 and Vinod Bhumeshwar Gedam (23), a resident of Pachnal, Imambada.
The abduction bid was made on April 28, 2018 when Agrawal, along with driver Kapiraj Chauhan, had gone to Shani Mandir to offer prayers. It was a regular practice for Agrawal to visit the temple every Saturday.

After offering prayers, Agrawal started distributing ‘Prasad’ to the devotees in front of the temple. After a while he handed over the box to Chauhan to distribute sweets. Coincidentally, both Agrawal and driver Chauhan were wearing shirts of similar colour. Presuming the driver to be the owner of Haldiram's Food International Limited, the accused caught Chauhan and were trying to dump him into a Maruti van. Chauhan raised alarm and managed to free himself after which the accused fled the spot.
Dhantoli Police had registered a case under Sections 365 and 511 of the Indian Penal Code after receiving complaint from the victim.

After two months, Agrawal received a call on his cellphone. The caller told him that he was saved on April 28 but it would not be the same again. He demanded Rs 50 lakh cash and threatened to kill Agrawal if he failed to give
the money. Next day, one of the accused sent a text message on Agrawal’s cellphone demanding Rs 50 lakh and doling out life threats.

Cops traced the mobile phone used by the abductors but it belonged to a labourer. The labourer told the investigators that his phone was stolen and he had not not lodged a complaint as it was not a costly handset. Police then started questioning Agrawal’s servants to ascertain their role in the crime. During enquiry cops came to know about Shyam Bahadur Singh, who was earlier Agrawal’s driver. Police procured his call data record and confirmed Singh’s location near Shani Mandir on April 28. Singh had worked with Haldiram's Food International Limited for about 13 years.

Investigators picked up Singh, who spilled the beans during questioning. After he named his other accomplices, police arrested other accused persons in the case.
The probe revealed that accused Saurabh Chauhan was involved in a murder case and also in a spate of robberies. Similarly, eight offences, including cases of attempt-to-murder and theft, were registered against accused Atul Patil.

Cops produced all the five accused before the court and obtained remand for their custodial interrogation till July 9.
The arrests were made by PI Dinesh Shende, PSI Anant Wadatkar, and constabulary staff comprising Virendra Golrandhe, Vinod Wadaskar, Devendra Bhonde, Rakesh Shirke, Suresh Jadhav, Pankaj Hedau, Ajay Ghatod, Hemraj Beral and Dinesh.