Bulandshahr, Jan 19 (PTI) Police here claimed to havesolved the mystery behind the killing of four persons, whosecharred bodies were recovered from a burning car in January.
"The bodies found in the burning car on January 5 hadconnections with an inter-state car lifter gang and thekillings took place due to a rift amongst them over a paymentof Rs 85 lacs," SP Rural Babu Ram said.
The gang stole around 2,000 cars during the last coupleof years, Ram said.
Bodies of Shakil, Mehboob, Jauhar and car driver Adil,all from neighbouring Meerut district, were found barely 100metres away from the Ahmadgarh police station here.
Elaborating the sequence of crimes, Ram disclosed thatShakil on January 4 was called by Guddu - his accomplice ofvillage Chilka of Kitcha Tehsil of Udham Singh Nagar ofUttarakhand on pretext of settling some matter involving Rs 85lakh.
At Chilka, the victims were strangulated at a desertedfarm house, where the accused used to park the stolenvehicles.
Since Shakil''s family knew he had gone to Udham SinghNagar, the corpses were transported to Ahmadgarh area ofBulandshahr in an Indica car, some 200 kms away from the siteof the incident and the car set on fire.
The call details from the call records of Shakil''smobile phone, which was recovered from the site of the burningcar, provided the clue of him contacting Guddu of Udham SinghNagar frequently.
Subsequent arrest of Nadeem and Kausar by the police,who narrated the entire operation, unfolded the whole story.
The main culprit Guddu somehow managed to give thepolice a slip, however, efforts are on to nab him, they said.