The Dahod district police on Thursday detained Amit Katara, son of former Dahod BJP MP Babubhai Katara, for his alleged involvement within the contract killing of Jhalod Municipal Councillor and BJP chief Hiren Patel on September 27.
Katara, who’s accused of commissioning the contract, was named by key conspirator Imran Gudala, who was nabbed by the Gujarat Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) from Haryana on December 27, after two months of being on the run.
Gudala, who was remanded to five-day police custody by a neighborhood court docket on Wednesday, is an in depth aide of the Katara household and has instructed the police that Katara had “asked him to facilitate the kill money of Rs 4 lakh” to the opposite accused.
The Local Crime Branch (LCB) of the Dahod police nabbed Katara from Chitrodiya in Jhalod taluka of Dahod district. A senior police official mentioned, “He will be formally arrested after Covid-19 test.”
Police have been investigating the political motive behind the alleged homicide and is more likely to query Katara in regards to the mysterious loss of life of Congress councillor Antim Agarwal, 48, of Jhalod municipality, who died allegedly after consuming poison at a Mahadev temple positioned in his municipal ward on November 21.
Agarwal’s household alleged foul play and linked his loss of life to Patel’s homicide stating that he Agarwal had made three cellphone calls — two to native BJP leaders — after allegedly consuming poison. Agarwal’s household has submitted an utility to the police stating that they concern that Agarwal was “forced to consume poison under distress”.
An officer mentioned, “Now that we have Katara in custody and have sufficient evidence to point out that there is a motive behind his involvement in the case, we will question Gudala and him simultaneously to corroborate versions. If needed, they will also be brought face-to-face once we seek Katara’s remand.”
Katara’s elder brother, Bhavesh, is the sitting Congress MLA from Jhalod Assembly constituency. His father Babu Katara is a two-time BJP Lok Sabha MP from the ST seat of Dahod — in 1999 and 2004.
In 2007, Katara was arrested on the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi for allegedly making an attempt to take a lady and her teenager son to Canada on the passports of his spouse and son. Katara joined the Congress get together forward of the 2017 Gujarat Assembly elections, alongside along with his son, Bhavesh, who contested because the get together candidate and gained the Jhalod constituency. The Congress additionally fielded Babu Katara within the 2019 Lok Sabha elections as a candidate to tackle sitting BJP MP Jaswantsinh Bhabhor from Dahod.
Amit Katara’s spouse Kinjal was the president of the Congress-led Jhalod Municipality from February 2018 to August this 12 months. It was after a high-stakes election of the president and vice-president for the second part of the five-year time period of the native physique that Patel is claimed to have tilted the scales in favour of the BJP by allegedly orchestrating “cross-voting” from three Congress members.
The Dahod police, which has arrested six accused within the case to date, has issued directions to its native crime department in October-end to search for Imran Gudala alias Immu, after Kalal and different accused named him throughout the probe.
The different six arrested accused embrace 2002 Sabarmati practice burning incident convinct Irfan Pada, Jhalod resident Ajay Kalal, Ujjain residents Sajjansinh Chauhan and Mohammed Samir Mujawar, proprietor of a roadside dhaba in Mahidpur in Madhya Pradesh Balram Bhuvanji and Salim Baju Shaikh alias Kala.