The police arrested two persons on Tuesday on charges of murder of a 21-year-old
polytechnic student whose bullet riddled body was found at a vacant plot in Murad Nagar on February 9.
The police arrested sharp shooter Monu Pal and his friend Rohit Kumar, while the prime accused, Akash alias Golu, is still absconding.
The victim and the accused are both residents of Murad Nagar.
The victim’s family had lodged an FIR against Monu and Rohit at Murad Nagar police station on February 9 after Shubham’s body was found.
Police said that the victim had some altercation with the accused persons at a wedding function two years ago.
“It was Monu who knew that Shubham and had gone out of his house on the night of the incident. Later, they called him and brought him along to a vacant plot where he was battered with bricks and also shot dead,” said Ashish Srivastava, circle officer (Murad Nagar).
“The accused said that they acted at the behest of prime accused, Akash, who had a previous altercation with the victim around two years ago at a function,” Srivastava said.
Following the arrests, the police also recovered the belongings of the victim and the weapon used by the accused for committing the crime.
Monu had used a Pulsar bike during the incident, which was recovered on his instance.
“Monu is a novice sharp shooter and was known to the victim as well as the prime accused. He said that it was Akash who planned to kill Shubham and roped in other persons as well. Our teams are trying to trace Akash, who is absconding,” Srivastava said.
An FIR for rioting, murder, destruction of evidence with common intention was registered by Shubham’s family.