A 32-year-old city-based architect, who had gone missing after leaving home on October 23, was found murdered in Nanded in neighbouring Maharashtra. The incident came to light on Monday after the Hyderabad police arrested the main accused in Nanded.
The victim was identified as Hameed Mohiuddin of Saidabad. Hameed, a treasure-hunter, had lent Rs five lakh to his friends Ghouse Pasha and Ishaq of Bandlaguda. The duo failed to return the money and Hameed began pressuring them to return it.
Unable to withstand the pressure from Hameed, the duo left the city and reached their native place, Nanded. However, Hameed followed them to Nanded and threatened to initiate legal proceedings against them.
To get rid of Hameed, the duo hatched a plan to murder him. As per the plan, Ghouse called up Hameed on October 23 and asked him to come to Nanded to collect the money. Hameed reached Nanded the same day in an Indica car sent by them.
In Nanded, Ghouse along with Ishaq, his son Shakeel and their friend Ramesh invited Hameed to hunt for a hidden treasure at a nearby hillock. After the group reached the hillock, they attacked Hameed with an iron rod and strangled him to death with a rope, Malakpet ACP Iqbal Siddiqi said.
After failing to contact Hameed for a couple of days, his family members lodged a complaint with the Saidabad police on October 26. With the help of the victim’s cell phone data, police zeroed in on Ghouse and arrested him in Nanded on Monday. Based on his confession, the decomposed body of Hameed was recovered from the murder spot. After the spot post-mortem, the mortal remains were handed over to his family members and police launched a man-hunt to nab the other absconding culprits. TOI