Two more businessmen arrested in killing of Kerala NRI who was kidnapped and beaten to death

Four businessmen had allegedly given dirhams worth Rs 50 lakh in a bag to Siddik to be taken to Dubai. But he delivered an empty bag, which made the businessmen hire goons to torture him.

Published: 01st July 2022 06:33 PM  |   Last Updated: 01st July 2022 07:37 PM   |  A+A-

Aboobackar Siddik, Riyas Hassan and Abdul Razak

Aboobackar Siddik, Riyas Hassan and Abdul Razak

Express News Service

KASARGOD: Three more persons, including two businessmen, were arrested in connection with the killing of a non-resident Indian, allegedly involved in a money-laundering scheme that involved moving foreign currencies abroad.

The accused were identified as Riyas Hassan (33) of Udyavar in Manjeshwar, Abdul Razak (46) of Uppala, and Aboobackar Siddik (33) of Kunjathur in Manjeshwar.

With this, police have arrested five persons for the kidnapping and killing of Aboobackar Siddik (32) of Mugu in Kumbla panchayat on June 26.

Four businessmen had allegedly given dirhams worth Rs 50 lakh in a bag to Siddik to be taken to Dubai. But he delivered an empty bag, which made the businessmen hire goons to torture him in a bid to get the money back.

Aboobackar Siddik (32)

The goons from a gang in Paivalike first kidnapped Siddik's brother Anwar and relative Ansar on June 24 and tortured them to force Siddik to return from Dubai.

When Siddik arrived on June 26, the goons took him to the same torture house at Paivalike, hung him naked upside down, and assaulted him till he collapsed.

They rushed him to a hospital in Bandiyod in Uppala, but the doctors declared him dead.

On Wednesday, police arrested Abdul Azeez (36), one of the four businessmen, and Abdul Raheem (41), who allegedly helped Azeez get away, from Margao in Goa.

Of the three persons arrested on Friday, Riyas Hassan runs a money exchange and also owns a chocolate business in Goa, said an investigating officer. "We have to check if the money exchange is legal," he said.

Abdul Razak runs a travel and ticketing agency in Uppala. Aboobackar Siddik (33) of Kunjathur was allegedly driving the car in which the body of victim Siddik was brought to the hospital in Bandiyod, said the officer.

District police chief Vaibhav Saxena had said there were around 15 accused, including the four businessmen who hired the goons.

With Friday's arrest, the police have got three businessmen and two persons who harboured them and later helped them get away in custody.

The police are yet to arrest the goons who thrashed Siddik to death. Several of them were already slapped with murder charges in a five-year-old case.

In a statement released on Friday, Kasaragod Deputy Superintendent of Police P Balakrishnan Nair said the main accused in the case have been arrested.

Police have now seized Rs 4.5 lakh and four vehicles during the investigation.



Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp