Two men arrested by the Uttar Pradesh police for their alleged involvement in the killing of National Investigation Agency (NIA) DSP Tanzil Ahmed and another firing case on Tuesday shocked interrogators by revealing their involvement in a series of other murders.
Munir and Ashutosh Mishra, who were brought to Delhi for interrogation by Delhi police in a 2014 cash van heist case, told interrogators that they had murdered many other people, including three constables.
The duo claimed they did not exactly remember how many people they had killed but gave the police the names of at least 10 victims. Between 2014 and 2015, they claimed to have shot at least five bikers just because they liked their bikes and ‘wanted them badly.’
Munir and Ashutosh had been brought to Delhi for questioning in a `1.5-crore cash van heist in 2014, in which a security guard was shot dead. According to sources, the duo said killing cops had become their hobby.
“Munir told us that last year in Sarita Vihar, he liked a motorcycle and decided to rob it. He shot at the rider and robbed the bike,” said Madhur Verma, DCP (north).
If they wanted to rob a cash van, they would first kill the security guard. “They did not plan. They knew that pulling the trigger would be enough,” said an officer.
Recently, they had taken a liking for stealing police weapons or acquiring stylish automatic hand guns. Police sources said that the duo was involved in at least five murders, including three police personnel.
The accused, police said, had killed constable Dharampal only for his service pistol. They later killed a GRP constable, Suresh Babu, in UP’s Aligarh and another cop in Lucknow just for their weapons. One of the robbed service pistols was used by Munir to gun down NIA officer Ahmed, who had received as many as 24 bullet injuries.
In 2015, the two had opened fire at a businessman in Aligarh because they loved his swanky silver revolver. Munir spent a major part of the looted money to buy properties in UP and lead a lavish lifestyle.
“A plot in Bijnor, purchased by Munir in his friend Rizwan’s name, has already been identified. We have seized documents related to the property,” Verma added.