STF nabs murder accused after 10 years

Friday, 21 June 2024 | PNS | DEHRADUN

The Uttarakhand Special Task Force (STF) arrested a man from Mumbai who was absconding in a murder case in the Almora district for the past 10 years. His arrest had become a puzzle for the police since 2014 but he was finally nabbed by STF, the senior superintendent of police of STF, Ayush Agrawal said. He said that the police found an unidentified half-burnt skeleton in the Lamgarha area of Almora on October 14, 2014 which was identified as Gulab Singh, a resident of Gwali village of Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh.

The police got information that Singh and the accused Nagraj alias Tilakraj of Kundal village of Mandi district had come to Almora for some work in March 2014. Nagraj later murdered Singh with a sharp weapon over some issue and then burnt his body to hide his identity from people and the authorities. He hid the half-burnt body under the bushes and went back to his village, the SSP said. He informed that the Almora police registered a murder case against Nagraj on the suspicion of murdering Singh. When the local police tried to arrest the accused, he fled from his residence in Mandi.

The police searched for the accused extensively but failed to nab him. The police even attached his house in Himachal Pradesh. Later, the district court in Almora declared him absconding. Agrawal said that STF finally nabbed Nagraj from Mumbai on Wednesday and brought him back to Almora on Thursday on transit remand. The deputy inspector general of police of the Kumaon range also declared a reward of Rs 20,000 for the STF on the arrest of the accused, he added.

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