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Ludhiana veggie vendor’s murder solved with arrest of 2 addicts

Third accused still on the run; accused used to commit back-to-back robberies for arranging drug money

cities Updated: May 24, 2020 01:50 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
The accused in police custody in Ludhiana on Saturday.
The accused in police custody in Ludhiana on Saturday.(HT PHOTO)

Three days after a vegetable vendor was stabbed to death, police have arrested two of the accused. Their third accomplice, however, managed to flee.

The accused, identified as Nitin Varma alias Nik of Durgapuri, Rohan Kumar Verma of Ranjodh Park of Haibowal Kalan, and Tarun Kumar alias Bumb of Jassiyan Colony of Haibowal, who is yet to be arrested, are addicts and took to crime to meet their need for drugs.

On May 20, the trio had intercepted the victim, Ramu, 30, near Malhi filling station with an intention to rob him. When the victim resisted, the accused stabbed him in the chest, killing him on the spot. Following this, they took his purse and fled from the spot.

“The accused are drug addicts and so desperate that they used to execute crime back to back for money. A day after murdering the vegetable vendor, the accused had also robbed a woman of Rs 5,000. On March 18, they had robbed a man of Rs 7,000 in Haibowal,” said Haibowal station house officer, inspector Mohan Lal.

“The accused are already facing trial in at least six cases of snatching and hatching conspiracy of robbery,”he added.

They have now been booked under Sections 302 (murder) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of the Indian Penal Code. Police have recovered the scooter used in the crime. They had earlier found the victim’s Aadhar card and curfew pass.

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