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Bootleggers’ old rivalry turns ugly, one killed

Rajkot: A bootlegger, along with two of his buddies, clubbed another bootlegger to demise over an old enmity in Nava Thorala locality of Rajkot on Thursday night.

The deceased was once known as Imran Tayani alias Imu (32), a resident of Ramnagar in Nava Thorala, and the accused as Altaf. The accomplices are yet to be known.

According to police, Tayani and Imran are bootleggers who nursed an old enmity. On Thursday night, Tayani had long gone to a roadside eatery run through Altaf’s brother Mozam. Here he entered into an altercation with Mozam and both hurled abuses at each other. Then Tayani left the spot.

“After Tayani left, Mozam known as up Altaf and narrated the episode. This angered Altaf and he in an instant known as up his two buddies and the trio, armed with bats and iron pipes, accosted Tayani near Nava Thorala and clubbed him to demise. The trio then escaped from the spot,” said B T Vadhia, inspector with Thorala police station.

Meanwhile, police have introduced a manhunt for Altaf and his two buddies. Police said Tayani is a history-sheeter having figured in a murder case previous the place he had stabbed one Gunwant Rathod to demise in 2012 in Nava Thorala.

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