Mysterious case of missing jeweller solved; 4 including a minor arrested

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 07 Feb 2019 11:37:04

Staff Reporter,



The gang committed several thefts and police also recover booty worth over Rs 10 lakh from their possession

THE jeweller, kidnapped in the car following the staged crash on January 18, was brutally killed and his body was also set afire by four including a minor in Patan, Durg.
While launching extensive investigation, the police
succeeded in laying hands on the accused and also seized the car, used by them for committing the heinous offence, informed Ratan Lal Dangi, Inspector General of Police (IGP), Durg Police Range. He was addressing the mediapersons at Police Control Room, Bhilai on Wednesday.
IGP, Dangi informed that however, on being set afire, the body of the victim jeweller Hariprasad Dewangan, was reduced to  ashes, but the police could establish his identity on the basis of his belongings, recovered from the spot on instances of the accused arrested by police.

The accused involved in the heinous offence were identified as Sanju Vaishnav (23), Akash Kosre (18) and Suryakant Sahu alias Suraj Sahu alias Sajju, all residents of Patan, Durg.

While operating the gang, these accused committed several thefts and police also recovered booty worth over Rs 10 lakh from their possession. IGP, Dangi informed that in the fact finding investigation the police also recovered some hairs of the victim from the car (CG04/LJ/9533) and along with it in the forensic examination it was also established that the dent received on the car was caused when the accused dashed the victim’s bicycle prior to his kidnapping.
While elaborating upon investigation, IGP, Dangi told the media persons, that over 150 police officials and personnel in the  different teams investigated the case and SP Prakhar Pandey was personally monitoring the investigation and reported developments.

He specifically pointed out that in the course of investigation the police got the major lead when Rajeev Sharma, Sub-divisional Officer of Police (SDoP), Patan Police Subdivision learnt about the suspects of Patan, living lavishly without any apparent sources of income and while reviewing CCTV grabs when the police could track the car, used by accused for committing several thefts. The police apprehended the accused who during interrogation confessed about their involvement in brutal killing of the victim jeweller Hariprasad Dewangan.

They also disclosed before the police about the place (Sonpur village of Patan, Durg) where they set afire the victim’s body after having strangulated him to death and dumping the body in the huge heap of paddy husk. The motive behind the brutal killing appeared to be for committing loot while assuming that the jeweller might be carrying substantial cash and also the jewellery, but the facts would finally be ascertained in the course of further investigation.

IGP, Dangi also announced the cash prize of Rs 10,000 for the police officials and personnel in various teams for performing duty with due commitment and with dedication.
It may be recalled that Hariprasad Dewangan (82), a resident of Risali Basti, Bhilai has been missing from Maroda, Bhilai since January 18 evening. On Friday evening, as usual Hariparsad Dewangan who owns jewelry shop, ‘Krishna Jewelers’ in Patan, Durg, left his shop and reached Tanki Maroda, Bhilai by bus. He used to park his bicycle at Sitaram Cycle Stores in Tanki Maroda, Bhilai and after reaching the place he proceeded for home on his bicycle but he did not reach home till late night hours. At about 11 pm on Friday, the family members lodged the missing complaint at Newai Police Station. The locks at the shutter of Hariprasad Dewangan’s jewelry shop were opened but nothing was found stolen from the shop, as confirmed by Patan police in the investigation so far.

However, in the course of investigation the police also recorded the specific angle of kidnapping of the jeweler Hariprasad Dewangan following the staged crash but the investigation through this specific angle seemed to have reached the dead end and the police are still working out other clues. The mobile phone, belonging to the missing jeweler was also recovered from the country liquor premises in Umarpoti village of Utai, Durg.