Nearly five months after RSS worker Raju (32) was brutally hacked to death near a tea stall in Udayagiri, city police have successfully cracked the sensational murder case. The crackdown is said to be Mysuru’s biggest manhunt in the recent past.
Addressing a press conference on Saturday, Police Commissioner B Dayanada gave the name of the prime accused as Abid Pasha (34), a native Hunsur town and has now settled in Shanthi Nagar in the city. He was allegedly accompanied by Ayub Khan (27), a resident of Kalynagairi, Mohamad Haneef (36), a resident of Ajeej Sait Nagar and Hameed Khan (27) a resident of Gausiana Nagar, it seems, were part of the crime.
Police revealed that Abid was eight other cases in the state. He is involved in the sensational 2011 college student kidnap and murder of BBM students Sudheendra (21) and his friend Vignesh (21). The duo, natives of Hunsur, which was kidnapped for ransom was later murdered Chikkaballapur near Bengalur. In another case in Hunsur, Abid killed one Thyagaraja Pillai for personal grudge. He is also facing attempt to murder case at Mudabidare in Managaluru.
There were widespread disturbances in the city after Raju’s death and many had accused the police department and the government of shielding the killers. With the arrest, speculations and conspiracy theories have been laid to rest with the police zeroing in on the alleged killers.
Since 2008, Police were on the trail of Abid in a murder case at Udayagiri and Lashkar and Narasimha Raja and Mandi Mohalla police station limits.
The other three, who had helped Abid in four other cases, except Raju murder case, Sayyad Ameen (28) of Rajeev Nagar, Muzamil (32) and Sabeel (30) a resident of Bengaluru, are still at large.
It is said that the accused were a group of professional killers and were targeting leaders of other communities. Abid, along with his three accomplices, has confessed to the crime and admitted that they were targeting leaders from other communities.
Commissioner B Dayanand congratulated the police sleuths who had worked hard to nab the culprits. Identity of the accused has not been revealed, the police said, as they they need to undergo identification parade.
Team richer by Rs 1 lakh
To nab the killers in RSS Raju murder case, police had formed four separate squads involving 40 sleuths. The team, headed by CCB ACP Gopal, was on its toes round the clocks in its mission. Appreciating this, Commissioner B Dayananda announced a reward of Rs 1 lakh for the team. DCP (Law and Order) H T Shekar and DCP (Crime and Traffic) N Rudramuni were present at the press meet.