Islamabad: Police solve blind murder
ISLAMABAD: The capital police have cracked the blind murder of a man whose body was found dumped in Rose and Jasmine Garden three weeks ago and arrested a barber who allegedly confessed to have strangled the man for his money.
Subdivisional Police Officer of City Circle Dr Khalil Ahmad told Dawn that the accused, identified by his initials NM, was produced in the court of a magistrate which gave him in police custody on a three-day physical remand.
Dr Ahmad said the police found the body in a nullah in Rose and Jasmine Garden on July 9. Nothing was found on the body that could lead to its identification. Even the clothes of the murdered man were missing, except for a vest.
A watchman of the garden informed the police that he had found a shoe and a wallet from the children’s playing area in the park a day earlier. The watchman said he had called on the numbers found in the wallet which resulted in the identification of the shoe and wallet as that of a Naib Qasid of National Accountability Bureau (NAB). The family told the watchman that the Naib Qasid had been missing for two days.
The police on July 10 combed the garden which resulted in the recovery of the victim’s remaining clothes from the bushes. During investigation of the case, the police got the details of the victim’s mobile phone which showed that he had last talked to his family at 5:53pm on July 7.
Later, at around 6:13pm, he had also talked to one of his relatives in Faizabad. The scrutiny of the phone record showed that five calls were made from the victim’s number on July 9 from 7:53pm onwards, including one to a number in Abu Dhabi. The investigators called on one of the numbers who identified himself as SM, a resident of Alipur and a barber by profession.
Though himself found innocent, SM identified two numbers dialed from the victim’s cellphone as those in use of his sister and her husband living in Abu Dhabi. The police approached his brother-in-law in Abu Dhabi, who stated that NM, the younger brother of his wife, had made the call on that day.
The police picked NM, also a barber, who during interrogation confessed to committing the murder. He told the police that the victim was a homosexual due to which he had befriended him.
On July 7, they met at Aabpara and NM served the victim tea mixed with tranquiliser.
Later, both reached Rose and Jasmine Garden where the victim fell unconscious soon after removing his clothes. “I then snatched Rs5,000 from his pocket along with a mobile phone and other valuables,” the accused told the investigators.
However, he said, when he was about to flee the victim caught him in a semi-conscious condition. As a result, a scuffle broke out between them and he strangled the victim.
“Though I just wanted to loot cash and valuables but killed him after he caught me red-handed and tried to overpower me,” the accused told the police.