Dattatray Phuge, famously known as “Gold Man” was reportedly attacked by a dozen men who dragged him out of his car, and stoned him to death before running away.
Four years back, the high-profile businessman received fame when he wore a 22-carat gold shirt worth over Rs. 1 crore, with Swarovski crystal buttons and a matching gold belt. It was labelled as the world’s most expensive shirt and was crafted by 15 workmen from Bengal.
According to Phuge’s wife, an ex-NCP of Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation, some people came to their house late yesterday and asked her husband to accompany them. Later, his body was found in the Bharatmata Nagar area of Dighi. He appeared to have been attacked with stones and other sharp weapons.
The police say, “Mr Phuge and his son were invited by one of the suspects for a birthday celebration”. A financial dispute is suspected behind his sudden death. Four persons have been detained. Some reports also suggest that said his nephew is involved in his murder.