Cops crack twin murders

Vaishali police heaved a sigh of relief after the arrest of two suspects from Saran district on Thursday in connection with the daylight murder of a Patna City trader and his employee at Hajipur on March 5.

By Ramashankar
  • Published 10.03.17
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Vaishali police heaved a sigh of relief after the arrest of two suspects from Saran district on Thursday in connection with the daylight murder of a Patna City trader and his employee at Hajipur on March 5.

The police also recovered two country-made pistols from the possession of the arrested persons identified as Ankit Goswami and Ravi Sah, both residents of Nayagaon in neighbouring Saran district. However, their third accomplice managed to escape.

Ankit Rohatgi, a grocery dealer of Maroofganj foodgrain wholesale market in Patna City and his employee Dipu Kumar were killed by three armed robbers when they were returning home after collecting dues from some businessmen in Hajipur on their motorbike.

Vaishali superintendent of police (SP) Rakesh Kumar said the motive was to loot money from the traders and not kill them. However, the bullets fired by the assailants pierced the chest of the victims, which proved fatal for them, the SP quoted one of the arrested persons as saying.

Rohatgi's assistant Dipu was attacked as he tried to protect his employer and also proceeded to intercept the attackers. The robbers later took away the deceased's two-wheeler as they were tipped-off that the money had been kept in the luggage box of the bike.

The SP said Ankit was pursuing an engineering course from a Hissar (Haryana) private engineering college. He had come to his native place in Saran district in December last year but didn't go back. "He fell into bad company and joined the gang," he said.

Ravi Sah, the other man arrested, has criminal antecedents. The SP said at least three cases of loot were lodged against him in different police stations of Saran. The assailants were tipped-off that the victims were carrying over Rs 5 lakh with them on the day.

During interrogation, the duo admitted that they had done planned the crime three days before the incident. Rohatgi used to visit Hajipur every Sunday to collect dues from shopkeepers, which prompted them to commit the crime.

They however, denied that they had snatched money from the deceased. "The two-wheeler belonging to the victims was recovered from an abandoned well located on the outskirts of Nayagaon in Saran district. The police suspect the involvement of a fourth person in the crime," an investigating officer said.

The officer said the shopkeepers told the cops that they had paid Rs 90,000 to Rohatgi on the fateful day. While a sum of Rs 32,000 was recovered from the possession of the deceased, the remaining amount was still missing, he added.

The two were arrested on the basis of call detail records of their cellphones, which were put on surveillance. "The police arrested the suspects by tracking their location," the investigating officer revealed.