GOA: Investigations in the Swapnil Walke murder case have thrown up various leads, none of which support any theory of robbery being a motive for the murder, sources closely associated with the probe told. However, the stolen gold angle is the dominant lead that investigators are doggedly pursuing, even as they have kept other leads too open for investigation.
Sources said that investigations have also revealed that Mustafa Shaikh and Evander Rodrigues, two of the three accused in the murder case, used to sell stolen gold items to jewellers, and thus were known to a few goldsmiths in Margao. Apart from their links to the Anjuna gold theft case as well as the Rs 17 lakh-worth gold block case reported by on Sunday, police are also verifying Rodrigues’s sale deal pertaining to six gold bangles, and if that too, has any link to Walke’s murder.
Nevertheless, revelations by a suspect to police during investigation, as well as a subsequent conversation, purportedly with some mediapersons — an audio clip of which has gone viral — has led police to investigate if it was a contract (supari) killing.
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