owner of popular confectionery chain Haldiram, Prabhu Shankar Agarwal, and four others were on January 27, 2010 convicted by a Kolkata court in an attempt-to-murder case.
Prabhu Shankar Agarwal, owner of the multi-crore confectionery chain, was convicted by Tapan Sen, judge of fourth fast track court at Bankshall here along with history-sheeters Gopal Tiwari, Arun Khandelwal, Manoj Sharma and Raju Sonkar.
Haldiram owner and four others convicted in murder case
Agarwal and others were found guilty of conspiring to murder Pramod Sharma, nephew of the tea stall owner Satyanarayan Sharma on March 30, 2005.
The case in detail.
Prabhu Agarwal (54) had great plans to to set up a swanky restaurant at Posta, Jagmohan Mullick Lane in Burrabazar, Kolkata. However, the small tea shop adjacent to the Halidram's shop posed a problem.
Satyanarayan Thakur, the owner of the tea shop, who operated next to the entrance refused to budge from the place.
Initially, Agarwal tried to strike a deal with Satyanarayan for Rs 4 lakh but the adamant attitude of the tea shop owner left Agarwal with no choice but to issue threats.
But the poor man obstinately refused to move his 9 sq feet tea stall from the vicinity of a ritzy restaurant.
It was then that Agarwal hired a contract killer Gopal Tiwari in 2005 to dispose off the tea stall owner who had refused to remove the stall which was blocking the entrance of a large confectionary shop.
Poilce versions quote that Agarwal and gave the supari to Tewari to eliminate Satyanarayan. The deal was struck at Rs 6 lakh and Rs 30,000 was paid as advance to a Tewari aide.
On March 30, 2005, Gopal Tiwari entered the tea stall where Pramod Sharma, nephew of Satyanaryan, was fast asleep. Though Tiwari shot him from a close range, Pramod was hit only in the leg but managed to escape.
Tiwari was arrested May 22 the same year from Hyderabad by sleuths of the Kolkata Police.
Based on information provided by Tiwari, Agarwal was arrested from the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi Jun 7, 2005 on his return from Britain, where he had gone to open a branch of his confectionery chain. Subsequently, it was revealed from the interrogation of Agarwal that there were three others involved in the crime.
All five were charged under Sections 307 (attempt to murder), 120B (conspiracy) and 34 (common intention) for allegedly hiring out a contract, besides the Arms Act.
Tiwari was lodged in a correctional home while Agarwal and the four others, who had secured bail, appeared before the court. They were taken into custody on January 27, 2010, the police said.
The judge of the fourth fast track court, Tapan Sen, held the five guilty and the quantum of their punishment would be declared on January 29, 2010.