Gurugram, October 13
Crime never pays and returns to haunt you. This saying was exemplified in Nuh district late Monday night when three farmers were nabbed for a robbery and murder executed 33 years ago.
Tending to their fields and living a happy life with their children in Bulandshahr UP, Yaseen (69), Manzoor Ahmad (68) and Babu (70) were left shocked when a special team of Nuh police landed at their doorstep to arrest them for a crime committed 33 years ago in Punhana village.
According to the police it was on August 30 in 1987 when a group of 25 robbers had barged into the house of a Punhana businessman, Swami Ram, who lent money keeping gold as mortgage.
He was sleeping with his family when the gang barged into his house through the rooftop and held all the members of the family hostage. They then robbed the family members of around 1 kg gold, 150 kg silver jewellery and Rs 1,000 cash and threatened them not to report the incident to the police. When one of the neighbors, 32-year-old Jagdish Chandra, tried to raise an alarm, the robbers shot him dead.
The police said while they were fleeing with the booty, the villagers, who heard the gunshot, surrounded the house and caught hold of three criminals, while others successfully managed to flee from the spot in a tractor.
A case was registered under Sections 395 (punishment for dacoity), 396 (dacoity with murder) and 397 (robbery, or dacoity, with attempt to cause death or grievous hurt) of IPC and Arms Act at Punhana police station on August 30, 1987.
The investigation in the case was never closed while two accused Suleman and Nizam were convicted for life term but all other accused were declared as proclaimed offender in January, 1988 by a local court. Police said that three criminals, who were caught from the spot are presently serving life term in Bhondsi Jail.
During investigation, the police find out that 10 criminals had died a natural death in the last few years and their family members were unaware of their alleged criminal background, whereas three of the suspects had bought land in their respective villages and had started farming.
Vivek Chaudhary, DSP, Punhana said that during checking the list of proclaimed offenders they got details of this 33-year-old case. A special team was formed led by inspector Ajit Singh into the matter and after hard work of more than seven months they got leads and finally nabbed them.
“They were not in touch with one another for the last 10 years and were living without any fear and busy in agriculture as they thought the case must be closed. As they were proclaimed offenders but despite several efforts, they were still on large. The then active gang was used to target families of businessmen and rob them of cash and jewellery. They used to travel by tractor to carry out robberies. We have taken them on two days police remand after producing them in a city court on Monday and are questioning them,” said Vivek Chaudhary, DSP, Punhana.
Rati Ram, son of deceased Jagdish Chander, said that he was 10-year-old when the incident took place.
“That incident changed our lives forever as our father was sole bread earner of family who had shot dead by the robbers. Now the wound has been scratched again. It makes no difference now,” added Rati Ram.