Datta Phuge, the Pune businessman who came to be known as the “gold man” after he was photographed in an eye-popping pure gold shirt a few years ago, was allegedly beaten to death in front of his son late last night.Mr Phuge’s nephew is among five arrested for murder.
The 48-year-old activist of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) was allegedly dragged out of his car by a dozen men, stabbed with a sickle and pounded to death with huge stones at a large ground in the city.
He had been invited to the spot for a birthday celebration, allegedly by one of the suspects.
His 22-year-old son Shubham told the police that he saw his father being beaten when he was driving past.
“I bought biriyani and was returning home when I saw them beating my father. They came and looked into my car but didn’t do anything. I knew seven-eight of them,” said Shubham, who has been questioned by the police.
For some reason not yet clear, the businessman’s bodyguards were not with him.
A financial dispute is suspected to be the motive.
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