Deven Shah murder case: Builder didn’t receive an extortion call, say cops

Sakal Times
Monday, 15 January 2018

Pune: The Pune police on Sunday said investigations so far into the murder of  builder Deven Shah on Prabhat Road on Saturday night revealed that he was not involved in any land dispute and he had not received any extortion call. 

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone-1) Basavraj Teli said, "As far as we have investigated, it doesn’t seem that he received any extortion call and he also didn’t have any kind of involvement in a major land dispute. We are checking all call records and have also improvised CCTV footage to identify the two attackers.”  

Pune: The Pune police on Sunday said investigations so far into the murder of  builder Deven Shah on Prabhat Road on Saturday night revealed that he was not involved in any land dispute and he had not received any extortion call. 

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone-1) Basavraj Teli said, "As far as we have investigated, it doesn’t seem that he received any extortion call and he also didn’t have any kind of involvement in a major land dispute. We are checking all call records and have also improvised CCTV footage to identify the two attackers.”  

Deven Shah (56), founder of Ambika Corp, was shot at by unidentified assailants outside his house on Prabhat Road on Saturday night. He later succumbed to his bullet injuries on Sunday morning at a private hospital.

Shah, who resides at Sayali Apartments in Lane no 7 of Prabhat Road, was shot at around 11:30 pm below his apartment. A case in this regard was registered at Deccan police station.
Rahul Kolambikar, Police Sub Inspector, Deccan Police station, said, “Two motorcycle-borne assailants came to the parking area below the victim’s apartment on Saturday night. They sent a person who runs a laundry shop there to call Shah downstairs. When Shah arrived along with his son, he was instantly shot at by the two assailants.”

Kolambikar said Shah received two bullet injuries in the chest and ribs. “His son informed us that Shah did not have any kind of enmity with anyone and also had not received any kind of extortion calls. We have initiated a probe and have even checked CCTV footage in order to identify the accused. ” added Kolambikar.  Sakal Times contacted Deven Shah’s son Atit Shah, but he refused to comment.

When asked about activisation of locals gangs, Pune Police Commissioner Rashmi Shukla said, “I don’t think that gangs are getting active in Pune, as most gangs are behind bars. People should not get worried and we are going to nab the murderers soon.”

While the murder has shocked the city, stalwarts in the builder community denied being panic-stricken and said they will continue working without fear. Krishna Kumar Goyal of Kohinoor Group said, “It was a sad incident and hardly happens in a place like Pune. Matter of concern is that such an attack on someone belonging to the Pune builder community has never occurred, but we should not  be afraid of such violence.”

Ranjit Naiknavare of Naiknavare Developers Pvt Ltd said, “It was a shocking incident, but we shouldn’t panic. We will not take it as a threat. Years ago I also received threat calls from some people in Mumbai. However, the police handled the issue promptly and efficiently. This kind of incident has occurred after a long time, but we don’t need to be afraid.

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