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Six arrested for tempo driver’s murder over extramarital affair


RAJKOT: Six persons were arrested on Sunday evening for allegedly strangulating a motive force in Kanpar village of Jasdan taluka in Rajkot district.

Police said an extramarital affair between the spouse of probably the most accused and the victim was once the reason behind the crime.

The body of Shailesh Dabhi (40), a resident of Juna Rajpipala village of Kotada Sangani taluka in Rajkot district was once found on Friday night time.

Police arrested the accused on the basis of the CCTV pictures found from a petroleum pump in which the accused were observed seated in Dabhi’s tempo.


The accused were identified as Keshu Rojasara (53), a resident of Rajpipala village of Kotada Sangani taluka, Jivan Barakhiya (45), a resident of Badpar village of Rajkot taluka, Pappu Vasunia (34), Vikas Vasunia (21), Mano Vasunia (21) and a 16-year-old boy, all natives of Jhabua in Madhya Pradesh. While Rojasara was once arrested from Rajpipala village, the opposite accused were nabbed from their hideout in Badpar village.


According to police, an extramarital affair between Dabhi and the spouse of Rojasara was once the reason behind the crime. When Rojasara came to find out about it, he hatched a conspiracy to murder Dabhi with Barakhiya and Pappu. On the day of the crime, Pappu, Vikas, Mano and the minor boy hired Dabhi’s tempo, telling him that they needed transportation for labour work.


“When the tempo reached the outskirts of Kanpar village, they called up Rojasara and Barakhiya who arrived on their motorbike. The accused then threw chilli powder into Dabhi’s eyes and then strangled him to demise the use of a rope. After killing him, they dumped Dabhi’s body on the tempo seat,” said M N Rana, inspector of Rajkot rural special operation group.


After the police found the pictures of the accused with Dabhi at the petrol pump, they rounded up Pappu, Vikas, Mano and the minor boy who confessed to their crime and printed the names of the co-accused, leading to their arrests.


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