A 37-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly hacking his friend to death with an ax and throwing his body parts into the Sidhwan Canal. The accused, identified as Mohammad Mehfooz of Kairana of Shamli in Uttar Pradesh, had committed the crime with intent to pocket ₹25,000 that the victim was carrying.
The murder took place on the night of April 18-19, but the accused was arrested on Monday after a friend, to whom he had revealed the incident, informed the victim’s family members.
Police rescued the victim’s leg and arm from the canal with the help of divers.
Body cut into 10 parts
Tibba station officer Inspector Ranbir Singh said the victim, Islam, 30, was a Jalalabad-based trader. On April 18, he had come to Ludhiana to buy ready-to-wear clothes for his shop and was staying with the accused at Guru Gobind Singh Nagar.
The defendant, who works as a street vendor, learned that Islam was carrying a large sum of money. “Intent on seizing the money, he killed the victim with an ax and cut the body into 10 pieces. He then threw the body parts into the canal near Shimlapuri,” the SHO said.
Later, when the victim’s family members could not reach him, they telephoned the accused, who told them that the former had already left his home.
How the crime appeared
The SHO said the accused confessed to the crime in front of his friend Mohammad Naved, who further informed Islam’s family members. The family members then filed a complaint with the police and an FIR was registered on the statement of the victim’s brother, Mehboob from Muzaffarnagar of Uttar Pradesh.
The accused was arrested immediately and a leg and arm of the victim were fished out of the channel based on information he provided to the police. The search is ongoing for the rest of the body parts, cops added.
The victim is survived by his wife and two children.