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Pune’s ‘Gold Man’ Phuge pounded to death

Millionaire money-lender, Datta D. Phuge, famous as ‘Pimpri Goldman’ was found clobbered to death near Dighi here on early Friday morning, police said.

The high-profile businessman’s vehicle was accosted by some unknown persons on the outskirts of the city late on Thursday night.

They reportedly dragged him out, attacked him with a sickle and then pounded him to death with huge stones before fleeing from the spot.

Phuge usually moved around with armed private bodyguards, but it is not clear where they were at the time of the incident.

Officials later came across a much-mangled head and body of the 35-year old ‘gold man’, whose wife is Seema is an ex-municipal corporator.

The motive behind the killing is not known, but police preliminary suspect it may be linked to some business rivalries and are investigating all angles.

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