Pune: Police on Saturday said Pune’s multi-millionaire Datta D. Phuge was beaten to death by his son’s friends after luring him to a fake birthday party because Phuge reportedly owed them Rs. 1,50,000.
Known as ‘Pimpri Goldman’, Phuge was attacked with a sickle, swords, knives and rods and then bludgeoned to death with large stones near Dighi here on Friday morning, shocking Pune, particularly its wealthy lot. Moving swiftly, police apprehended five of the accused, all youths, based on the statement of the victim’s 21-year old son Shubham D. Phuge. Another four were arrested on Saturday. A manhunt is on for at least three other accomplices.
All the nine accused were produced on Saturday before the Khadki magistrate who remanded them to police custody till July 21.