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Jeweller ends life after artisan flees with gold worth 1.35cr in Anjar

RAJKOT: Three months after an artisan fled with his bullion worth Rs 1.35 crore, a jeweller in Kutch’s Anjar town died by suicide, leaving behind a note saying that he was taking the extreme step due to severe depression caused by the loss of his hard-earned money.
On Wednesday, the Anjar police booked Tapan Sahu, who was working as a goldsmith at Manish Buddhbhatti’s unit, and his wife Rita for abetment of suicide.Buddhbhatti took his own life on June 19 by consuming poison near the Anjar police station.
“Tapan Sahu Bengali is solely responsible for my death. He fled with my entire life’s hard-earned money,” the suicide note recovered on him stated.
Buddhbhatti had filed a complaint against Sahu in March informing that the latter had fled with his gold and silver that was given to him to make jewellery.
Jenil told police that his father had been dealing with Sahu for seven years. Sahu was running a workshop to make jewellery in the Machhiptih area of Anjar.
Between June to Dec last year, Jenil handed over gold worth Rs 53 lakh to Sahu while his uncle Mitesh gave him 120 kg of silver worth Rs 80 lakh and gold worth Rs 2 lakh. However, Sahu disappeared with bullion
Buddhbhatti suffered a major financial setback due to the theft and slipped into depression.
On June 19, someone found him lying unconscious near the station and took him to the hospital where doctors declared him dead.
The traders in the jewellery market alleged that the police’s failure to recover the bullion and nab Sahu for three months aggravated Buddhbhatti’s mental condition and he ended his life.
Deputy superintendent of police, Gandhidham, Mukesh Chaudhary said, “After receiving his complaint in March, all efforts were made to trace Sahu by retrieving call details of his associates and issuing an arrest warrant under CrPC section 70 to seize his property. Despite these efforts, he remains at large even as we are following some leads.”

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