Gurugram, Jan 17 (IANS) The crime branch units of Gurugram police have arrested three criminals wanted in a sarpanch’s husband murder case, officials said on Saturday.
The accused were identified as Bharat (20), Mohit (27) and Puneet (24).
Two of them carried a reward of Rs 1 lakh each in the murder case of Manoj Dagar, the husband of Alipur village sarpanch in Gurugram’s Sohna block, on July 13, last year.
Police have also recovered 5 automatic pistols, 2 country-made pistols, 36 live cartridges along with 2 mobile phones and 1 WiFi dongle from their possession.
“The criminals were apprehended on Saturday from the different locations of the city after a tip-off received by the crime branch teams of Sector-17, Sector-39 and Sector-40.
The Haryana police had fixed a bounty of Rs 1 lakh each on Bharat and Mohit on their arrest in this murder case. The police will seek further remand of the culprits from the court for investigation” said Preet Pal Sangwan, ACP (Crime).
“The arrested criminals were the key members of the Ashok Rathi gang. Besides, Mohit and Puneet were also involved in dozen cases of murder, attempt to murder in Gurugam, Palwal and Faridabad districts,” Sangwan said.
During interrogation, the accused disclosed that their group members had suspected the involvement of Dagar in the murder case of their kingpin Ashok Rathi. So, to take revenge on Rathi’s murder, Bharat had killed Dagar while the remaining accused was present at the spot.
“Dagar’s murder was a pre-planned incident due to rivalry between the criminals and sarpanch’s husband. The accused has confessed to the murder. They also revealed they were planning to eliminate seven more people but were nabbed before they could execute the plot,” Sangwan added.
On July 13, Manoj was shot outside a private hospital in Sohna. The victim succumbed to injuries at a private hospital on July 15.
In connection with the case, the investigation team had earlier arrested four accused — Pushkar, Mahesh alias Nishu, Ankit and Mukesh Kumar alias Prince.