A 52-year-old man allegedly stabbed to death a 60-year-old Mumbai-based businessman and stole gold ornaments from him in order to pay his elder son’s school fees in Vadala village, Mundra taluka, Kutch, Gujarat.
On the night of April 25, the incident occurred. However, the grisly details of the crime were not revealed until Sunday, when the Kutch (West) police arrested the accused, Vala Gadhvi, a resident of Vadala village. Gadhvi works as a labourer.
During the interrogation, Gadhvi revealed that he was already in debt and needed another Rs 35,000 to pay his elder son’s hostel and education fees in Mundra, who is in Class XII.
Mansukh Satara, the victim, had returned to his native Vadala village in search of an investment plot. Meanwhile, Gadhvi noticed Satara, a Mumbai-based businesswoman, wearing a gold chain, bracelet, and pendant. He then devised a scheme to rob him and offered to show him some land.
As a result, on the evening of April 25, he led Satara to the outskirts of the village and attempted to steal Satara’s ornaments. When he refused to let the Gadhvi loot him, the accused pulled out a sharp weapon and stabbed him around 12 times, killing him on the spot.
Mundra Police began an investigation after receiving a complaint from his relative Mukesh Chheda, according to JN Panchal, Kutch Deputy Superintendent of Police. During the investigation, police discovered that Gadhvi had borrowed Rs 1.1 lakh by mortgaging a gold bracelet and arrested him.
Gadhvi confessed to his crime during questioning, and police recovered the victim’s mobile phone, gold chain, and pendant, which Gadhvi had stolen.
Panchal revealed that Gadhvi, a labourer, has two sons. While the younger attends Class 9, the elder attends Class 12. “He had to pay Rs 35,000 for the elder one’s hostel and education fees and thus committed the crime,” Panchal explained.