A day after three persons were allegedly murdered in a case of revenge killing in Junagadh, police questioned a number of persons but made no breakthrough in the gory killings on Monday.
“We are questioning a number of persons but nothing substantial has emerged so far. The suspects have run away. We are trying to nab them,” Nilesh Jajadia, superintendent of Junagadh district police told The Indian Express.
The series of murders had started on Saturday evening when one Kishan Mori, an auto-driver was allegedly stabbed to death in Madhuram area on Junagadh-Vanthali road in Junagadh city at 5:30 pm. Police said Mori, an auto-driver, was intercepted by Bavji Rikshawala and an unidentified man who was with the latter. Auto-driver Bavji, who police believe is also known as Mukesh Sarvaiya, allegedly stabbed Mori once in chest and murdered him. Police said that Mori and Mukesh had an argument in Azad Chowk of Junagadh city early last week over ferrying passengers.
But hours after Mori’s murder; Mukesh, his brother Ajay Sarvaiya and Mukesh’s friend Amit Parmar were found dead in Jafar Maidan on Junagadh-Mendarda road at 9 am on Sunday. Their bodies were found in pools of blood and they had been partially eaten by carnivores as overnight rain spilled the blood on the ground. Wounds inflicted by sharp-edged weapons were found on their bodies, leading police to believe that the trio were also murdered.
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“Prima facie, the two incidents look related to each other. The murders of three seem to be a case of revenge killing since Mukesh was named as an accused in the case of murder of Mori,” Jajadia further said.
After Mori was allegedly fatally stabbed at 5:30 pm on Saturday, his brother Dipak had filed a complaint with C Division police of Junagadh city at 7:17 pm. Based on his complaint, C Division police had booked Bavji and an unidentified man for Mori’s murder. However, Bavji was found dead the following morning along with two others. Police said that Parmar was also an auto-driver and friend of Mukesh. Based on a complaint filed by Mukesh’s father Vaju Sarvaiya, C Division police have booked unidentified persons for triple murder.
In fact, five persons were murdered in Junagadh city within a few hours. A man who was convicted in a case of abetment to suicide was also axed to death near Majevadi Darwaja on Saturday midnight by four men.
The SP has handed over the case of triple murder to Local Crime Branch of Junagadh police. “We have not got any clue so far in the triple murder case. Nor has any weapon been recovered from the crime scene. It is also under investigation if the trio were killed on Jaffar Maidan or they were murdered elsewhere and later their bodies were duped at that site,” LCB police inspector BM Chaudhary said.