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Mumbai Police Makes Third Arrest In Diamond Trader's Murder

10 December, 2018 3:20 PM
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Mumbai Police Makes Third Arrest In Diamond Trader's Murder

A diamond trader was found dead in a forest in Maharashtra's Raigad district on Friday.

The Mumbai Police today arrested a 20-year-old man who was allegedly driving the car used in the abduction of slain diamond trader Rajeshwar Udani. This takes the number of arrests in the case to three, a senior police official said.

Pranit Joma Bhoi, the accused, was allegedly driving the car at the time of the crime.

Sachin Pawar, former personal assistant of a Maharashtra minister, and Dinesh Pawar, a suspended police constable who was earlier arrested in a rape case, were arrested in the case on Saturday.

Both have been remanded in police custody till December 14 by a local court.

"We have arrested a third accused. His role in the crime is being ascertained," said Akhilesh Singh, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone 8).

The police have formed several teams to work on the case and some people are being questioned, the official added.

Decomposed body of Udani (57) was found in Panvel in neighbouring Raigad district on Friday.

He had gone missing on November 28. Sachin Pawar had accompanied his family members when they went to the police station to lodge a complaint about Udani's disappearance the next day, a police official said.

Autopsy of Udani's body revealed that he had several fractures, and had been strangled.

Police suspect that Udani was killed over a monetary dispute. It is also suspected that he was trying to get close to Sachin Pawar's girlfriend, which Mr Pawar did not like.

Actor and model Devoleena Bhattacharjee, known for her role as Gopi Bahu in the popular Hindi serial "Saath Nibhana Sathiya", was questioned in the case on Saturday. She was allowed to go later.

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