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Wednesday, 19 February 2020 6.45 AM IST

Tasleem murdered by contract killers, says investigating team; four in custody

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KASARAGOD: The investigating team probing the killing of 35-year old Kasaragod native Tasleem, an accused in several cases of robbery and murder and a self-styled don, has received indications that contract killers are behind the murder. The police have nabbed four including a member of Uppala goon gang. The investigating team is currently questioning them.

Tasleem was arrested on September 16 and placed on remand in connection with a jewellery burglary case in which an Afghan national was also involved. He was kidnapped while returning to Kasaragod in a car after being released on bail from the Kalaburagi prison. Nelogi police started investigating the case following a complaint by Talseem’s brother. His body, with the throat slashed, was later found inside an Innova car in Bantwal. Police suspect that a rival gang may have waylaid him soon after his release from prison and taken him to Bantwal. The enmity between the associates of a gang leader who had been murdered in Uppala earlier and his rivals is said to be the reason behind Tasleem’s murder. Tasleem used to supply guns and weapons to the Uppala gang, making him a potential target for the rivals. This gang is also said to have trapped him in the jewellery case.

A team of top police officers under the leadership of Udupi district police chief Vishnu Vardhan, Additional SP Vikram Amte and City Crime Intelligence Circle Inspector Cheluva Raju inspected the spot of murder. Forensic and fingerprint experts collected evidence.

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