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Brothers in revenge murder net

Three brothers accused of murdering Burrabazar fruit-seller Mohammad Khurshid and his father Mohammad Arif were arrested in Bihar’s Khagaria district on Tuesday.

The trio — Mohammad Basir Alam, 35, Mohammad Sabbir, 40, and Mohammad Shah Alam, 32 — are also suspected to have killed Khurshid’s brother Sohail in Bihar six years ago.

“The brothers have been picked up from Khagaria town of Bihar,” said Pallab Kanti Ghosh, joint commissioner of police, crime.

They apparently fled to Bihar the same night they had killed Khurshid.

The youth was shot inside a crowded fruit market of Burrabazar on the evening on July 10. Two years ago, his father had been killed while he was returning home after closing the shop near Pageya Patti in Burrabazar.

The police said the three murders were the outcome of an eight-year animosity between two families of Saidpur village in Bihar over a spurned marriage proposal.

“Zafar, a brother of the arrested trio, had expressed an interest in marrying a girl from the village in 2006. But the girl’s father refused. The brothers started threatening the girl’s family members, forcing them to seek help from neighbours,” an officer said.

When the entire neighbourhood turned hostile, the brothers allegedly started their killing spree with the murder of the girl’s father. “Zafar died some time later but the brothers continued the quest for revenge,” said an officer. “Khurshid’s family, like other families in the village, are bearing the brunt of that rejection.”

The arrested trio would be produced in a Khagaria court on Wednesday and brought to Calcutta on transit remand.