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