The DJ Halli police have arrested a 50-year-old man in connection with the murder of a scrap dealer whose dismembered body was found in two gunny sacks over two days last week. A financial dispute has been identified as being at the core of the murder.
Police commissioner Raghavendra H Auradkar said the accused has been identified as Yasin Pasha, a resident of HBR Layout and friend of the deceased Azeez Khan. The commissioner said Khan and Pasha were addicted to gambling and came in contact with each other at the Bangalore Turf Club.
Pasha had borrowed Rs 3 lakh from the deceased in two installments. Pasha had given four blank cheques as surety to Khan. A few months ago, Pasha returned the money he had borrowed, but Khan did not return the blank cheques. Pasha alleged that Khan demanded Rs 80 lakh to return the cheques and also threatened Pasha of dire consequences if he failed to submit to his demands.
Then he began plotting to kill Khan, police said.
Pasha called Khan to his residence in the HBR Layout on the evening of February 25. Khan, who was expecting to collect some money, was seated on a chair when Pasha hit him on his head with a hammer leading to his death. He then cut the victim’s head and limbs, which he put into a gunny bag and dumped it near a railway track in Banasawadi. He then returned home and put Khan’s torso in another gunny bag and dumped it at the railway track near Shampur in DJ Halli.