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Gujarat cop remanded to police custody
June 25, 2003 00:38 IST
The sub-inspector, who had surrendered before the police in connection with his alleged involvement in the abduction of a Non-resident Indian from Bharuch district on June 3, was on Tuesday remanded to eight days' police custody.
Sub-inspector T J Vaghela is a co-accused in kidnapping United Kingdom-based NRI businessman Adam Ghabanwala and extorting Rs 1 million, allegedly with assistance of local Vishwa Hindu Parishad member, Jatin Vyas.
Bharuch Deputy Superintendent of Police Amarsinh Vasava said Vaghela has been handed over for interrogation. He had surrendered to the Fatehgunj police while Vyas is still absconding.
Ghabanwala was released after he paid a ransom of Rs 1 million to the duo.
Vaghela is also allegedly involved in a case of abducting another NRI, Gulam Jumla, from the same village about two years ago.
Police said Vaghela, during interrogation, has claimed that he had a limited role in the kidnapping of Gabhanwala, as it was VHP activist Vyas who took the money and disappeared.
Vyas and Vaghela had been allegedly blackmailing Gabhanwala, as he possessed a fake passport, police said.
Four more persons from Haldarva village in Karjan taluk of Vadodara district, including Sarpanch Mohammed Makkan, allegedly involved in the case, were absconding.
The same gang was also involved in the kidnapping of Gulam Jumla from Vahalu village and took a ransom of Rs 2.5 million before releasing him, police said.
A police complaint has already been registered and the remand is expected to help police in tracing other members of the gang.
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