India's Gold Man Battered to Death

An Indian man who bought one of the world's most expensive shirts made entirely of gold has been allegedly battered to death.

Datta Phuge, a money lender based in western Pune, came into the global limelight in 2013 when he bought a shirt made with more than 3kg of gold and worth $250,000.

Four persons have been detained for questioning. Police suspect a dispute over money have led to the murder.

The police said some 12 people attacked Mr Phuge, 48, in Pune on Thursday night.

One of the suspects had invited Mr Phuge and his 22-year-old son to celebrate a birthday at an open ground in Dighi area when the men attacked him with stones and a sharp weapon. The father-son duo spent some time at the birthday. The son had witnessed his father being murdered.

"However, we are investigating how Mr Phuge reached the open ground where he was murdered," Dighi police station inspector Navnath Ghogare told the Press Trust of India news agency.

Often touted as being a reincarnation of Bappi Lahiri, he often wore gold all over his body: his knuckles, neck, and wrists were weighed down by signet rings, chunky bracelets, and a medallion.