Five arrested for murder of BJP activist Zubair

Source: The Hindu | Published on 12th October 2017, 12:20 PM | Coastal News |

Mangaluru:  The police on Wednesday arrested five persons, including an alleged conspirator, in connection with the murder of 45-year-old Bharatiya Janata Party activist Zubair on October 4.

Police Commissioner T.R. Suresh gave the names of the arrested persons as Suhail (23), Nizamuddin (23), Mohammed Mustafa (21) and Tajauddin (24), who are said to be directly involved in the murder, and Asif (40), who looks after financial transactions of a place of worship where the murder occurred and who is accused of abetting the crime.

The five persons attacked Zubair and Iliyas near the place of worship in Mukkucherry near Ullal in the evening on October 4. While Zubair died on the spot, Iliyas was admitted to a local hospital.

The Bharatiya Janata Party and Democratic Youth Federation of India activists have been protesting demanding tough action against those involved in the murder.

Mr. Suresh formed four police teams to trace the accused who had reportedly fled to neighbouring States after the incident. All the arrested persons are part of “Target” gang, which was involved in cases of extorting wealthy people by taking their photographs in compromising position with women, he said.

As per the evidence gathered so far, Mr. Suresh said, they have found two reasons for the murder. While the first was that the attack was part of revenge by the gang members against Zubair for complaining against Altaf and other members of gang that led to the arrest of a few persons and invocation of Goonda Act.

The other reason, he said, was a dispute between the members of the management of the place of worship with the deceased Zubair. Mr. Suresh ruled out reports that Zubair was murdered by those involved in the sale of cannabis.

The Police Commissioner said that the police have launched a search for Altaf and a few more persons who are accused of abetting the murder.

Two squads

Mr. Suresh said that two anti-rowdy squads have been formed in the North and South divisions to act against persons with criminal antecedents and anti-social elements who are active in the city.

These two squads and the Central Crime Branch sleuths are making efforts to trace these persons, amid invoking security provisions.

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