Murder of 18 year old boy Furqaan

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The police on Tuesday arrested three men, including two hired killers, in connection with the murder of an 18-year-old youth whose body was found here on Monday.

Mohammad Anas Qureshi was found dead at Kamla Nehru Ridge in the northern part of the city with multiple stab injuries and strangulation marks, Deputy Commissioner of Police Madhur Verma said.

He said technical surveillance helped the police to nab Anas's uncle Mohammad Shahnawaz and his two associates Shahbaz and Sonu -- both of whom had been offered money for committing the murder.

"The three accused were arrested from different locations in Delhi on Tuesday. They killed Anas on Sunday night after administering him sleeping pills in coffee," Verma said.

The police were now looking for Anas's stepmother Rubina who was believed to have planned the murder with Shahnawaz.

Ownership of property was believed to be the motive behind the killing, the police officer said.

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Not willing to be questioned about her movements and friendships by her 18-year-old stepson, a woman sought her brother-in-law’s help to murder him in North Delhi.

Another motive behind the murder was that Rubina was eyeing the property of her husband who died eight months ago, the police said.

The victim has been identified as Nawabganj-resident Anas Qureshi who had a wholesale business at the Azadpur fruit market. His body was found near the Hindu Rao Hospital in Civil Lines on Monday.

Police were initially clueless about the identity of the killers. “Our suspicion was drawn towards Rubina as we found her wailing loudly while the police were around but smiling while travelling in an auto-rickshaw within seconds of that,” said a senior investigator.

The suspects were nailed based on the evidence left behind by phone calls received on the victim’s number around the time of his murder.

Though a different SIM card was used to call Qureshi, police established that the mobile phone used belonged to Shahnawaz. He was immediately picked up for questioning during which he spilled the beans on the entire plan, said the police.

A divorcee and mother of four children, Rubina had married Qureshi’s father a few years ago. When Qureshi’s father passed away eight months ago, she allegedly saw an opportunity to bag his wholesale fruit business and property for her children.

“Rubina roped in Shahnawaz in the murder plan and offered him Rs.15 lakh if he could get rid of Qureshi,” said Madhur Verma, DCP (North).

Whether Rubina and Shahnawaz were in an affair and wanted an interfering Qureshi out of their way or money was the only motivating factor would be known in the subsequent interrogations, said the police.

In any case, Shahnawaz contacted two contract killers Sonu and Shahbaz to eliminate Qureshi. “They invited Qureshi to a Café Coffee Day outlet in Malkaganj where they offered him spiked coffee,” said Mr. Verma.

Not in a position to offer much resistance, Qureshi was taken on a motorcycle to an isolated spot where he was to be murdered.

Even as he was urinating on the roadside, Sonu restrained him with a rope around his neck while his uncle repeatedly stabbed him with an ice prick, police said. Finally, Shabaz used a knife to slit his throat and ensure he died.

Shahnawaz was arrested immediately after his confession, the police said. The two contract killers, suspected of more killings in the past, were nabbed at Shahnawaz’s instance. Rubina was arrested from Amroha in Uttar Pradesh where she had gone to cremate her stepson.

If Rubina and Shahnawaz had an affair will be known only after subsequent interrogations

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Just a day after a boy was found dead near Kamla Nehru Ridge Park, Delhi Police today arrested three men, including his uncle, for allegedly stabbing him to death and said it was his step-mother, who allegedly plotted the murder. The accused has been identified as Shahnawaz, Shahbaz and Sonu. A senior police official said that a body was spotted near Civil Lines on February 1, having stab injuries over neck and upper part of the chest. Based on the recovery of a mobile and Aadhar card from the spot, police identified the body of Anas, a resident of Jahangir Puri area. "Keeping in view the sensitivity of the case, technical surveillance was also initiated from the mobile recovered from the deceased. It was found that Shanawaz was in constant touch with the deceased on his mobile on January 31, when the murder took place," Deputy Commissioner of Police, North Delhi, Madhur Verma said.During interrogation, Shahnawaz disclosed that Rubina, step-mother of the deceased, wanted him to be eliminated, who was the immediate heir to the property of her late husband. Rubina is the second wife of the deceased's father, who passed away eight months back, Mr Verma said."Shahnawaz was offered Rs 15 lakh to kill the deceased, out of which, Rs five lakh were meant for the contract killer," he added.On January 31, Shahnawaz called Anas to come at Sabji Mandi and offered him a coffee laced with sleeping pills during the meeting. Afterwards, they took him to Kamla Nehru Ridge Park and strangulated him with a plastic rope and later stabbed him.Meanwhile, a Delhi police team has been dispatched to Amroha to arrest Rubina as the last rites of the deceased were to be performed there.The FIR has been lodged at Civil Lines police station and all the accused have booked under the relevant Sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC)UNI AP RJ 2058

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