HYDERABAD: The goddess of fortune was smiling at Tahir. A gang was out to kill him but he escaped as the gang got involved in an altercation with poor Sanjay Junge, a techie, which led to his murder. Cruel are the ways of destiny, it brings things you never asked for and don’t always like. It was a hitch-hike lasting 12 minutes between Punjagutta and Secunderabad that resulted in the murder of young techie Sanjay Junge. A four-member gang was out with a mission to eliminate one Tahir but they ended up stabbing young Sanjay Junge to death.
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It all happened in that fateful drive. Sanjay who took a lift started to rake up their egos which resulted in exchange of blows and subsequent call for truce, but further indulgence in cheap jibes led to the murder.
The two accused - Mubashiruddin who stabbed Sanjay in the heart, and Salman who stabbed in the ribs area, were carrying two daggers to assault one Tahir. They had been in search of the youth for the past few days. However, on the fateful day, Sanjay and the four accused, strangers till that moment, had an argument which resulted in the cold-blooded murder.
At around 4 am on Thursday, Sanjay, who was returning after a party, reached Punjagutt with the help of a friend. There, he got a lift in a Maruti Swift Car in which Syed Salman (18), Syed Mubashiruddin (22), Mohd Mushraf (19), Syed Abdul Raheem Quizar Yaqoobi (18), were returning from Hitec City after a joyride. The car, which was taken on rent, was being driven by Quizar at a speed of more than 110 kmph.
Explaining the sequence of events at a press conference here on Sunday, deputy commissioner of police (north) N Prakash Reddy said Sanjay demanded respect from the four accused as he was elder than them.
An argument ensued between them over this but peace was made soon after.
However, there were further arguments. Sanjay and the people in the car got involved in a physical fight. They exchanged blows after getting down from the vehicle too. Sanjay chased a few of the accused. “Salman and Mubashir attacked Sanjay with daggers,” said Prakash Reddy. The young techie collapsed on road after he was stabbed in the heart.
A police team that was patrolling the area, saw a person collapsing, assumed it was a hit and run case and followed the vehicle. However, the accused fled the spot cruising at more than 100 kmph speed. Police passed information to Command Control about the car with the registration number 8055, written as BOSS.
The accused chose bylanes, and reached Old City from Secunderabad within 20 minutes, Prakash Reddy said. Police found 45 vehicles in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh bearing the registration number 8055. They verified 15 of the 45 vehicles.
After the incident, the four accused approached one Syed Rizwan, who provided them shelter at a friend’s home in Amba Garden, Mehdipatnam. While police were piecing together CCTV footage and searching for the vehicles, owner of a car with the registration number 8055 approached East Zone Task Force ASI Syed Rasheed to inform him that he rented the car to some people, which proved crucial in nabbing the accused.
Police arrested the accused and Syed Rizwan. They booked a case under IPC Section 302 (Punishment for Murder). Mubashiruddin has a rape case pending against him at Santoshnagar Police Station. He was the leader of the group.