Joshi's murder: BJP corporator arrested

New Delhi: A BJP corporator, Ramcharan Patel, was arrested in Sunil Joshi's murder case for destroying evidence. He is accused of removing Joshi's Sony Erickson mobile and substituting it by a fake handset four days later. Though the actual mobile has been traced yet the Idea SIM card is yet to be located.

NIA cracked the whip and was planning to take action against the MP police which did not arrest Patel in 2007 for planting the fake handset. S.P. of Dewas, SP Singh, said, "We have sought Patel's remand and are trying to recover the SIM card. The original mobile handset of Joshi has been seized." He, however, did not comment on Patel's role in the murder as the matter was under investigation.

The NIA team has picked up more leads and have examined the family of Indore-based businessman Anand Raj Kataria, an accused in Joshi's murder, currently absconding. Police believe that Kataria must have master-minded the plan by roping in Harshad Solanki, Vasudeo Parmar, Mehul and Mohan (who had been involved in the Best Bakery Case in 2002 Gujarat riots). Solanki was provided shelter by Patel who employed him at his STD booth at Dewas. The motive is attributed to be monetary dispute among them.

Kataria is believed to have financed Joshi and a part of money was believed to be utilised in the Samjhauta Express blast of 2007. Vinod Kushwaha, Dewas police inspector, said that the task before them was to arrest two absconders – Mahesh Masat and Rinku.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 March 2011 on page no. 9

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