The ‘Gold Man’ from Pune who took over the social media by storm in 2012 by wearing a shirt made up of 22 karat gold weighing 3.5KG worth Rs. 1.5 crore. That was perhaps the most expensive shirt anyone would have ever worn in India. The news of the attack on the Gold Man shook the entire Pune city. Who were those people and why they killed the Gold Man? Read the complete report here.
Following the incident of attack on Datta Phuge, police arrested five people amongst the nephew of Page for the murder of the murder. The 48-year-old activist of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) was allegedly dragged out of his car by a dozen men, stabbed with a sickle and pounded to death with huge stones at a large ground in the city.
The sources have also informed that Datta had been invited to the spot for a birthday celebration, allegedly by one of the suspects. His 22-year-old son Shubham told the police that he saw his father being beaten when he was driving past. “I bought biriyani and was returning home when I saw them beating my father. They came and looked into my car but didn’t do anything. I knew seven-eight of them,” said Shubham, who has been questioned by the police.
The sources have also informed that at the time of incident due to some unknown reason the bodyguards of Datta Phuge were not with him. The motive behind his murder is said to be the financial dispute. Mr. Phuge, whose wife is an NCP corporators, had a money lending and chit fund business. He had faced allegations recently of short-changing his customers.
The sources have also revealed that Phuge was the flamboyant type of person and due to this characteristic of his four years ago he made a shirt from 22 karat gold weighing 3.5KG valued at Rs. 1.5 crore. His shirt had with Swarovski crystal buttons and a matching gold belt. It was billed as the world’s most expensive shirt and was designed to catch the eye. “I want to be famous throughout the country,” he had admitted. The 3.5 kg shirt, crafted by 15 workmen from Bengal according to legend, did get him noticed.
Mr. Phuge grabbed prime time space on many Marathi television channels even though he could not dazzle his party into picking him as a candidate for the national election. He told reporters that he simply loved to wear gold. Often, his passion extended to rings, bracelets, and a medallion.
The actual reason behind his murder is not yet known said the police sources. According to the sources, there are various speculations such as his political connections, rivalry and money laundering which had created many known as well as unknown enemies. The police have arrested five suspects in this case and their investigation is going on.