June 21: City police yesterday arrested two persons for their alleged involvement in robbery and murder of a woman at Machkhowa on June 12.
A police source said the duo — Md Shahjahan and Gulam Ali — were apprehended from Dhubri district yesterday.
“They were brought to the city last night for interrogation,” the source said.
According to the police, the accused were members of a nine-member gang, which robbed the house of Basiruddin Ahmed on Kedar Road at Machkhowa and murdered Ahmed’s wife, Yasmin Begum, 58, when she tried to resist them.
A case was registered in this connection at the Fancy Bazar police outpost. The source said their investigation has established that the victim’s maid, Mashwara Begum, and one of her close relatives had masterminded the crime and was arrested on June 13. He, however, refused to disclose the identity of the relative since he is absconding. “Efforts are on to arrest the remaining members of this gang and raids are being carried out at different places in Dhubri district,” the source said. He said Shahjahan is from Kalaibari village under South Salmara police station in Dhubri district, while Gulam Ali is from Barpeta district.
“They had fled to Dhubri immediately after committing the crime,” the source said.
The police have recovered Begum’s mobile phone from Shahjahan’s possession.
The source said the police have also recovered some jewellery that was looted from Ahmed’s residence from a jewellery shop at Panbari village in the Gauripur police station area. The police have arrested the owner of the jewellery shop, Juran Ali, and one of his relatives, Asaruddin Ali, on charges of receiving stolen items. “They could carry out the robbery very smoothly as the maid had provided them with all the information about the house. Moreover, there was nobody else in the house except for the elderly couple,” the source said. According to the police, this gang was likely to be involved with more robberies in the city.