Police in Jammu and Kashmir Wednesday claimed to have solved a murder-cum-theft case and arrested a gang of thieves who would loot people by showing toy pistols.
Giving details, an official said that police arrested all three accused, identified as 23-year-old Mohammad Khalil Najar, 22-year-old Parvaiz and Faheem Malik – all residents of Hazratbal, Srinagar.
The arrests were made after police intercepted a car on Tuesday at TRC Srinagar.
"The three persons boarding the vehicle were arrested as their features matched with the description given by victims," said an official.
The gang, he said, used to identify outsiders and people travelling alone. "They provided them lift and robbed them on different pretexts by showing artificial weapons," he said.
Their last victim was Saif-u-din Lisree, a resident of Reasi, who was assaulted by the gang after they provided him lift in their car.
"As soon as he boarded the car, all the three assaulted him, beat him up ruthlessly, showed a pistol and snatched rupees 7500/- from him and later released him at Sanat Nagar," said the official.
"On 11-10-2015 their another victim was one Ghulam Nabi Bhat Son of Abdul Ahad of Guthpora Budgam who was given lift by the same gang at Hyderpora in the car bearing registration No. JKO1F-7710 While reaching Tengpora Bridge they turned their car towards Barzulla Bund, beat the victim resulting in severe injuries to his both eyes besides showed him Pistol and snatched his ATM Card with its code number. Mobile Phone and Rs. 950/- cash and released him near Barzulla bridge."
During investigations, it was found that Mohammad Khalil Najar and Parvaiz along with other associate Mehrajuddin Dar of Maisuma were also involved a murder case.
On 29 September, the trio provided lift to Mehrajuddin Bhat son of Ghulam Muhammad Bhat of Kralyar Rainwari who was heading towards Lal Chowk from Dalgate.
"Bhat tried to raise an alarm after they turned the vehicle towards Rajbagh, but they beat him up and prevented from screaming for help. On reaching Padshahi Bagh, they snatched Rs. 18,000 from him and throttled him by a white cloth and also strangulated him with a shoe lace," said the official. "Bhat fell unconscious and later died due to asphyxiation."
They dumped his body at Khalil ur Reham Lane in Sanat Nagar area.
Police have recovered several documents linking them to the murder and charged them with relevant sections of law.