The missing case of two Jamia Millia Islamia Post Graduate students has been cracked after bodies of Babar, 19, and Saddam, 20, were found dumped in the in the Upper Ganga Canal in Masuri area of Ghaziabad on Saturday.
Police suspect it is a case of an affair turned sour.
It was on April 10 when the two boys had gone missing after leaving their house in Meerut’s Jasola village. It is reported that Haidar, the prime accused, too had a relationship with the 20-year-old woman.
“After getting to know about Haidar, Babar approached one Ayyub — a teacher at a small madarsa in Chijarsi, Noida. Ayyub promised to give Babar a ‘tabeez’ which would help his girlfriend come back to him,” said Ajab Singh, SHO, Mundali police station as reported by Hindustan Times.
“Somehow, Haidar came to know about the ‘tabeez’ and got infuriated. He then offered Ayyub Rs 2 lakh and a piece of land if he informed him about the date and time when Babar came to collect the ‘tabeez’,” Singh said.
After coming to know the exact date of their arrival to collect ‘tabeez’, both the youths were fed a cold drink laced with sedatives on April 10. After taking the drink, the boys, who were pursuing Masters in Physiotherapy, (MPT) at Jamia lost consciousness. Later on Ayyub and Haidar strangulated them to death and wrapped the bodies in a bed sheet
“On April 11, both Ayyub and Haidar made three to four calls to the families of the two victims and demanded Rs 80 lakh as ransom. However, for making the calls they used the mobile phones of the two victims which led us to Noida. Ayyub was arrested while Haidar is still on the run,” Singh added.
After the boys went missing, teams were formed to crack the case and phone numbers were put on surveillance.
“During the course of the probe, we got a vital clue from call detail report (CDR) of Babur. He had made the last call to Maulana Ayub, a resident of Mundali village. We detained him for questioning,” said Ranvijay Singh, circle officer (CO) of Kotwali police station.
“After misleading us initially, Ayub revealed that Haidar had hatched the plan to eliminate Babur with the help of the cleric. Ayub then led us to the spot where the bodies were dumped,” CO Singh said.
After arresting Ayub, hunt is on to nab Haidar, Singh said.
“We are probing the case and not relying totally on Ayub’s statement,” the CO said reported TOI.
Akram Ahmad, a relative of Saddam, said, “It is really a very difficult moment for the families of the two boys. They both had a promising future but their lives were cut short. Saddam was not even involved in the entire episode and had to die just because he became an eyewitness to the whole incident.”