A 49-year-old man Dilipsinh Vaghela from Kolvada in Gandhinagar was shot and then stabbed to death during a gambling session. According to the Pethapur police investigation, a group of unidentified persons killed Vaghela and his body was found at a temple spot in front of an Ayurveda college.
Villagers of Kolvada spotted his body, said an officer of Gandhinagar local crime branch (LCB). A team of Pethapur police reached the crime scene and began an investigation. A preliminary probe suggested that Vaghela was first shot in the stomach and later stabbed in his stomach, chest, neck and shoulder with a knife around eight to 10 times, said an officer.
Sources in the police said that Vaghela and three to four others were gambling in a room built on a wasteland on Sunday morning. Also, Vaghela earlier had a brawl with a local politician over a gambling dispute around four months ago. Police have also been probing the angle of revenge killing.
“When we reached the spot, we found Vaghela lying dead. Playing cards were also found there. It seemed that some dispute had taken place during the gambling session which led to the murder,” said MS Rana, in charge of PI of Pethapur police.
He said that there were no CCTVs near the crime scene and so the suspects were yet to be identified. Rana said that a case of murder has been registered against unknown persons.
Vaghela, a farmer, owned a horse stable and a buffalo barn. Police sources said that he and the others were gambling ahead of the Janmashtami festival.