The police on Thursday claimed to have cracked the gruesome murder case of businessman Ratanlal Jaiswal by arresting three men during a routine vehicle check in the city.
Mohammed Shakir, 35, of Diwanganj in Raisen district, Farhan Khan, 23, of Aishbagh in Bhopal and Brajesh Ahirwar, 32, of Vidisha town were arrested while riding a stolen bike, Inspector General of Police (IG) Yogesh Choudhary said.
“The motive of the murder was loot,” the IG told reporters.
Jaiswal, a wholesaler of cement, was found dead in Bagh Sewania on December 14, 2013.
The trio was held near Bhanpur Square under the Nishatpura police station limits, Choudhary said. “We had been working on the case for the last two years. Few days ago, we got a clue about the accused. On Wednesday, the three accused were caught while traveling on a stolen bike,” the IG added.
Shakir’s eight trucks were engaged by Jaiswal in transporting cement. “Shakir was aware that Jaiswal carried Rs 3-4 lakh whenever he left office,” Choudhary said.
As Shakir was facing difficulty in paying monthly installment of his trucks, the IG said, the accused hatched a plan to loot Jaiswal.
On the fateful night, Shakir met a drunk Jaiswal at a cement godown when the latter was leaving. The accused offered him more liquor.
Brajesh and Shakir took Jaiswal towards Anand Nagar in his car, while Farhan followed them on a bike.
The car was being driven by Brajesh, while Shakir sat at the back. “Shakir strangulated Jaiswal with a wire. He also threw away Jaiwal’s mobile phone in Anand Nagar. At a deserted spot on New Bypass Road, they also stabbed the victim to ensure his death. The trio abandoned the car with the body, and escaped with Jaiswal’s wallet containing Rs 20,700, two gold chains and as many rings,” the IG said.
The accused were being interrogated to ascertain their involvement in other criminal activities, he said.