Congress leader’s son arrested in theft of Audi car

Congress leader’s son arrested in theft of Audi car
The arrested accused in the custody of police. -Photo courtesy The Times of India

Five others also arrested along with Gujarat Congress leader’s son by SOG in Vadodara

The Hush Post: The son of a senior Congress leader from Gujarat has been arrested in connection with the theft an Audi car. The Special Operations Group (SOG) team of the Gujarat Police has arrested him along with five other persons in this case.

The arrested man has been identified as Shrikant Gandhi. He is the son of a senior Congress leader and ex-councillor Chinnam Gandhi. Shrikant Gandhi has been named in the theft of an Audi car belonging to Amit Bhatnagar, the managing director of Diamond Power Infrastructure Ltd (DPIL).

The SOG also arrested Karsan Rathwa and Nagin Makwana, the drivers of Amit Bhatnagar in this case. The cops said the drivers and Shrikant were the masterminds of this theft. They were arrested once their involvement came to light during the investigations, The Times of India reported on Thursday.

The car in question was reportedly stolen by two persons on May 5 from Bhatnagar’s New Alkapuri situated bungalow. These two persons had posed as officials of Enforcement Directorate (ED).  “Rathwa and Makwana are masterminds of the crime. As different agencies keep visiting Bhatnagar’s residence for investigations, the duo decided to take opportunity of the situation,” an SOG officer reportedly said.

The two impersonators who had posed as ED officials Veracino Carona and Prakash Naidu, who work as driver, the report said.

“Rathwa and Makwana contacted Carona, who was the neighbour of Shrikant’s friend Sanjiv Dabhi. Shrikant deals in used cars. Carona contacted Naidu and took him along for committing the crime. Carona approached the security guards at Bhatnagar’s house and introduced himself and Naidu as ED officials,” an officer was quoted as saying.

The two persons had asked for keys of Audi and then drove away with the car.

The police said that they took the car directly to Shrikant who was known to him. “Gandhi offered them Rs two lakh but they demanded at least Rs 7 to 8 lakh. Gandhi then took the car for test drive along with Carona and Dabhi. When their negotiations about the sale price were on, the news of the car theft began doing rounds on social media,” the police said. When he got to know that the news had spread, Carona fled from the spot during the test drive, leaving Dabhi and Shrikant.

“Gandhi told Dabhi to take the car to Rajpipla and leave it there. The CCTV footages show that the car was in Rajpipla at about 8 pm, five hours after it was stolen. Once we recovered the car and collected CCTV footages of Vadodara and Rajpipla roads, we got clues that pointed to involvement of someone close to Bhatnagar family,” the police added. The cops then nabbed the accused who narrated the whole story.

The cops said that even after coming to know that the Audi car was a stolen one, Gandhi instead of reporting the matter to the police, still tried to negotiate a deal and hid the vehicle in Rajpipla locality.

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