Maharashtra’s ‘gold man’ beaten to death with sickle and stones in front of his son

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In a shocking incident on Thursday, a millionaire money-lender, Datta D Phuge, famous as ‘Pimpri Goldman’ was killed near Dighi late last night in front of his son.

According to IANS, the high-profile businessman’s vehicle was accosted by some unknown persons on outskirts of Pune late on Thursday night.

They reportedly dragged him out, attacked him with a sickle and then pounded him to death with huge stones before fleeing from the spot.

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His 22-year-old son, who was also present, was spared by the attackers.

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Phuge usually moved around with armed private bodyguards, but it is not clear where they were at the time of the incident.

Officials later came across a much-mangled head and body of the 35-year old ‘gold man’, whose wife Seema is an ex-municipal corporator.

The police have recovered the sickle used in the crime and have sent Phuge’s body for an autopsy.

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According to NDTV, the police said that Phuge and his son were invited by one of the suspects for a birthday celebration.

A financial dispute is suspected to be the motive. Four persons have been detained. Some reports said his nephew is among them.

Four years ago, the high-profile businessman made a memorable image in a 22-carat gold shirt worth over Rs. one crore, with Swarovski crystal buttons and a matching gold belt. It was billed as the world’s most expensive shirt and designed to catch the eye easily.

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The 3.5 kg shirt, crafted by 15 workmen from Bengal according to legend, did get him noticed.

Phuge, a member of Sharad Pawar’s Nationalist Congress Party, grabbed prime time space on many Marathi television channels.

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