US-based NRI, Manoj S Patel
VADODARA, DECEMBER 29, 2005: Court has acquitted
all the seven accused in the contract killing of
US-based NRI businessman Manoj Patel here in
April, 2004, due to lack of evidence.....Read
hostile in NRI murder case
In a major setback to the police, 24
of 27 witnesses examined in the sensational NRI
murder case of Manoj Patel have turned hostile in
court.The witnesses went back on their statements
one by one during the 14 hearings, which took place
in a Vadodara court over the last one-and-half year......
One NRI sitting in
the US gave the contract in India to eliminate another
VADODARA, DECEMBER 17, 2004
Navrang Brahmbhatt is suspected to be
the prime conspirator in a murder case. The police
said that sitting in the US he gave the contract to
eliminate another NRI.Yet, despite unravelling the
conspiracy bringing him here might prove to be .......Read
murder accused wives can accompany them in transit
Vadodara, November 26, 2004
Express News Service The court of chief judicial magistrate
M M Popat on Thursday granted permission to Crime
Branch to transfer Kalpesh Kacchia to Bhavnagar jail
and Kiran Jingar to Porbandar. Both Kacchia and Jingar
are accused in the NRI Manoj Patel murder case. The
two were booked under PASA by Vadodara police commissioner
before their arrest last month. The court, however,
while giving permission, mandated accompanying of
their wives while in transit. This was in response
to a petition filed by the accused, in which they
feared death in a police encounter while in their
custody. Soon after their arrest last month, the accused
had filed a petition asking the court not to give
their custody to police. Kacchia and Jingars
counsel had also pleaded that if police remand was
given as a last resort, then the two be put in heavy
chains. The idea was that police should not be able
to show that the accused tried to escape and had to
be killed in encounter. The two are accused in the
sensational murder of NRI Manoj Patel, who was shot
dead from a point-blank range in Akota area of the
city on April 4 this year. Patel had come from the
US and was residing at his parental home in Manjalpur.
On the fateful day, he was on his way to his sisters
residence in Akota, when near Classic cross roads,
two motorcycle-borne assailants closed in on him and
shot him. Patel died on the spot. Investigation by
the Crime Branch indicated toward a business rivalry
back in the US as the cause of the murder. Navrang
Brahmbhatt, a Chicago-based businessman, had hired
Kacchia and Jingar through his brother Pradip Brahmbhatt
alias Buchio (a neighbour of Patel) over some business
rivalry. Kacchia had then arranged a sharpshooter,
Frederick Mcwan alias Fredie, to carry out the contract.
Fredie too is behind the bars.
NRI, Manoj S Patel shot dead in Vadodara
VADODARA, APRIL 05, 2004
A US-based NRI, Manoj S Patel was
shot dead by some unidentified persons at Akota Garden
crossing in the city on Sunday night, police said
here on Monday.
City Police Commissioner Sudhir Kumar
Sinha said that the deceased, based in Virginia, was
driving his car on way to his sister's house in Akota
when some unidentified persons fired at Patel from
point blank range.
Passers-by took him to a nearby private
hospital where he was declared dead on arrival, Sinha
said, adding it was not known as to how many assailants
were chasing Patel and how they reached there.
Manoj, a motel owner, had arrived
in the city in January this year and was scheduled
to return US tomorrow.
A note found in the deceased's wallet
indicated that there was strained relationship between
the man and his wife Ila, living in Virginia, USA.
Ila after divorcing her first husband
Kaushik Patel, married Manoj in 1993 and has two children
from him. Kaushik had given the motel to Ila after
the divorce, investigations revealed, police said.
Both Kaushik and Ila hail form Gajera
village in neighbouring Bharuch district.
Police team rushed to the village
last night but could not locate Kaushik
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