Mangalore, Jul 7: The murder case of two Kerala smugglers was elaborated by city police commissioner R Hitendra on Monday July 7. He said that Nafir and Fahim, the victims, were killed in connection to gold smuggled by them.
Addressing a press meet, the police commissioner said that Mohammed Mahajir Sanaf, resident of Cherkala Badiadka, Kasargod, Mohammed Irshad and Mohammed Safwan, residents of Anangoor have been arrested.
Hitendra informed that the deceased were agents for smuggling gold from the Gulf into the country. They had smuggled in 3 kg of gold recently, but instead of giving it to the party, they sold 2.5 kg of it. The remaining 0.5 kg of gold has been recovered by the police. The police also seized the weapon, car and some other item used in committing the crime.
Nafir and Fahim were thus murdered in connection to this smuggled gold. Around 20 days back they had rented a house at Attavar belonging to a Nafees. On July 1 they were stabbed to death. The role of the house owner in the case is under investigation, Hitendra said.
The people in Attavar vicinity informed the police about blood stains found near the rented house, after which one of the police informers kept a close watch. He noticed a Renault Duster vehicle moving suspiciously around the area, with blood stains on its body. The CCB police then intercepted the vehicle near Mahakali Padpu and the accused were arrested.
The accused said that the two bodies were tied in gunny bags and buried in a 10 cents land belonging to Safwan at Bedagam village in Kasargod. They were taken to the spot and the bodies were retrieved and sent to post-mortem, the commissioner said.
He urged owners to be careful before given their houses on rent to any stranger, and to check the prospective tenants’ documents and antecedents thoroughly before renting out their houses.
The operation was conducted on the direction of R Hitendra, under the guidance of under the guidance of DCP (law and order) and Dr Jagadish, DCP (crime) Vishnuvardhan, and led by CCB inspector Valentine D’Souza and sub-divisional ACP of Mangalore South Pawan Nejjoor. Mangalore south inspector Dinkar Shetty, police personnel Shashidhar Shetty, Ganesh M P, Ganesh Kalladka, Venugopal, Chandrashekar, Dinesh Bekal, Rajendra Prasad, Sudhir Shetty, Abdul Jabbar, Mani M N and Tejakumar were part of the police team.