Three nabbed in Don murder case

City police officials along with crime branch officials cracked the Pradeep Karneshwar alias Pradeep Don murder case on Monday with the arrest of three assailants. However, Raman alias Rakesh, the shooter, who actually shot the don in chest, is still at large.

According to crime branch officials, they received intelligence that soon after the incident, Jignesh Soni, the main conspirator in the case, shifted to a hiding on Ambli-Bopal Road. On the basis of the tip-off, officials kept a surveillance on the road.

"We kept a watch from Iskcon circle to Ambli bus stand. During the patrol, we got to know that Jignesh was to come along with his friends to go to his advocate. We nabbed the trio from the road and found a country-made revolver and a pistol with them. We have arrested them on charges of murder and arms act and have handed over the trio over to Khadia police station officials for further investigation," said JD Purohit, sub-inspector of crime branch.

Mayor Chavda, assistant commissioner of police, D Division, told TOI that on July 5, Jignesh Soni, 26, a resident of Khadia, came with Rakesh, one of the Don's gang member, on a bike. Jignesh went forward and hugged Don while Rakesh inserted a pistol and punctured his heart. They were not alone in the operation. As plan B, they also had Naman Vyas, 26, a resident of Satellite, a master of commerce dropout, and Eric Shah, 20, a resident of Ambawadi, a second year bachelor of commerce, working with them. As the operation went smooth, they fled the scene soon after Don collapsed," he said.

The youths fled from the city after the incident and went to Vadodara and stayed there for a week. They then came back and started consulting the lawyers to explore legal angles. "According to primary details, Jignesh decided to kill Don after last Navratri where he was beaten up by Don in front of everyone. Despite being a top gang member, he was frequently humiliated by Don and even used to take orders in personal matters. Don's accomplice Manish John also used to beat him. It was not accepted by him and he told his idea to eliminate Don to his friends," said a senior crime branch official. In addition to that, Don also asked him not to take Rs 15 lakh from one of his clients in share broking.

"We have no records for Naman and Eric. While Naman used to assist Jignesh in his business dealings of share market and college admissions, Eric was a student at LJ College of Commerce on SG Highway. As they used to live in Khadia earlier, they were in touch with Jignesh and had worked on several occasions. Our search for Raman is on," said JM Yadav, sub-inspector of crime branch.

Karneshwar, 48, was shot dead in Limda Pol near his residence when he went out with his dog for a walk on Sunday afternoon. As there were many eye witnesses for the incident, police were on hot heels for Jignesh and other youths involved in murder.

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