Business associate held for murder of Malad goldsmith

Crime for cash: The Dindoshi police display the wads of money recovered from the accused on Wednesday.

Crime for cash: The Dindoshi police display the wads of money recovered from the accused on Wednesday.  

Police recover ₹4 lakh from accused who fled to Rajasthan

The Dindoshi police on Tuesday arrested a 28-year-old man for the murder of a goldsmith in Malad. The victim, Nitesh Soni (27), was found bludgeoned to death at his workshop in Malad (East) on May 11.

The Dindoshi police said that they found no signs of forced entry into the workshop, which led them to suspect that the murderer was known to the victim.

The police compared the numbers in Soni’s contacts list with the cell phone numbers that passed through the radius of the workshop at the time of the murder. The police then zeroed in on Hemant Sagarmal, a business associate of the victim.

His cellular location was tracked and he was traced to Rajasthan, where he has family. The local police was informed about the suspect and they also started tracking him. Mr. Sagarmal, however, learnt that the police were on his trail and decided to flee from Rajasthan.

Senior inspector Rajaram Vhanmane, Dindoshi police station, said, “Mr. Sagarmal left Rajasthan hoping to evade the local police. However, we intercepted him midway and arrested him on Tuesday,” He said the two had worked together for a while before starting their respective businesses.

Suffered heavy debts

Mr. Vhanmane said, “Mr. Sagarmal was a regular visitor to a local bar and his constant splurging had led to heavy debts. His business had shut down three months ago and his wife had left him to live with her parents in Rajasthan. Mr. Sagarmal had then learned that Soni had informed his wife about his alcoholism and excessive splurging, leading to marital discord between the couple. For this reason, Mr. Sagarmal decided to rob Soni. However, he ended up hitting Soni near the eye too hard while robbing him and he died due to excessive loss of blood.”

Mr. Vhanmane said that they have recovered ₹4 lakh in cash from the possession of Mr. Sagarmal. The accused has been charged with murder under the Indian Penal Code and is being interrogated, officers said.

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