stenographer arrested for murder of NRI Pankaj Trived
Ahmedabad, July 11, 2006
The Judge TV Joshi remanded Ghanshyam Patuba Chudasama , who worked
as a stenographer at the city police commissioner's office, to 10-day
police custody. Senior police officials said many more arrests would
soon follow. Chudasama has been booked for murder and criminal conspiracy.
"We have strong evidence against him and arrested him under
section 302 and 120 (b) of the IPC," said PK Jha, Ahmedabad
additional commissioner of police. Chudasama's arrest is the sixth
in the case.
"Ghanshyam Chudasama had guided the killers and had arranged
their accommodation at a hotel," he added. "While seeking
Ghanshyam's remand we had argued that the accused had masterminded
the killing of Trivedi who was clubbed to death on June 15 outside
a private club here," public prosecutor NS Saini said.
Chudasama has confessed before the cops and also led them to a
shop in Rajkot from where the baseball bat used to kill Trivedi
was purchased. He has also helped the cops recover an iron rod used
in the murder. It was buried in a public garden in Thaltej.
Chudasama was one of the prime suspects in the case. He was suddenly
transferred to the Ahmedabad police headquarters a few days after
Trivedi's murder as officials found out he had made several phone
calls to other Swadhyayis immediately after the murder.
According to Jha, Chudasama was one of the main persons to have
planned the murder about three months ago. "He was also involved
in the recce before the murder and was in touch with prominent Swadhyayis,"
Jha said, without divulging the names.