SURAT, OCTOBER 28, 2004
: In a day-long interrogation by the Surat city police and Valsad district
police on Thursday, Sanjay Singh and his five associates confessed to
their involvement in one more murder at Vapi in February, besides other
murders in Uttar Pradesh.
The six men were nabbed in a joint operation at Anvas village near Valsad
on Sunday night,wherein Delhi youths abducted by them in Mumbai were
The culprits have links with Nepal-based extortionist Bunty Pande,
a former Chhota Rajan aide.
The police claimed to have recovered from them valuables worth Rs 9.28
lakh, all which belonged to a deceased NRI Rajesh Bhatte, from their
hideout at Bhilad near Valsad. Bhatte, a diamond merchant from New Jersey,
was killed by Singh and others on March 23 here.
The men revealed their involvement in the murder of one Abuzar Kadirkhan
(24), owner of a cement agency. Abuzar, son of a transporter Nashir
Ahmed Kadirkhan was taken to Dholwad in Maharashtra and killed, said
The accused had chopped off the head, wrapped it in a cloth and buried
it. They put the torso in a cover and threw it in a river.
The culprits had recorded the victim's voice and sent it to the family
to extort money. The modus operandi was to record the voice, kill the
victim and then seek a ransom.
Claiming to be from Bunty Pande gang, they had demanded Rs 5 crore
as ransom, the police said.
On Sunday night the police had nabbed these men on the
charge of kidnapping two Delhi youths. All the accused have been remanded
to police custody till November 4.