BANGALORE: The Bagalur police arrested three persons in connection with the double murder of Basanth Lal, 30, and his relative Santosh Singh, 25, on March 25 in Marasandra Forest.
The accused are Mohammed Sadik, 26, a native of Andhra Pradesh, Amjad alias Angad, 25, and Jagadish Singh, 25, both natives of Uttar Pradesh.
According to police, the other accused Bodda alias Santharam Singh had allegedly fallen in love with Santosh Singh’s fiancee. He used to often threaten the girl’s family by saying he would kill the man with whom the marriage was fixed.
Soon, he realised his friend Singh was getting married to the girl he was in love with, and planned to eliminate him. The wedding was scheduled to be held on April 16, this year.
He approached his close friend Amjad and gave him a supari for `3 lakh to murder Singh. Bodda paid `5,000 as advance to Amjad, who approached the other two accused Jagadeesh and Sadik for the murder.
As per the plan, the accused trio, on the pretext of placing an order for 500 ‘paans’ at Singh’s paan shop, paid `1,000 to Singh.
To meet the order, Santhosh asked his friend Basanth to help, and the two victims were taken by the accused trio in an autorickhshaw. Singh and Lal were taken to Marasandra Forest, and were murdered, at around 8 pm on March 25.
Police arrested Sadik on April 12, and based on his information, Amjad and Jagadeesh were arrested on April 15 in Mumbai. Police are on the look out for Bodda, who is reportedly missing after the death of Basanth Lal and Santosh Singh.