2 cattle traders shot over 50k dues
Ghaziabad: Two cousins involved in cattle trade were found shot dead allegedly over a monetary dispute in Muradnagar on Tuesday. A dairy farm owner and his four accomplices were arrested on Wednesday for the murders. Additional police personnel have been deployed in the village and the situation is now under control. Muradnagar SHO Rajkumar Yadav has been sent to police lines with immediate effect.
The victims’ family said Waseem (25) and his cousin Nayeem (28) were partners and had been involved in the procurement and sale of milch cows. They said there was an ongoing dispute between the main accused, Vijay, and the two cousins over dues of around Rs 50,000. “At 4pm on Tuesday, Vijay called Waseem on his mobile phone and asked him to come over to his farm to collect the dues. Nayeem also accompanied him to the farm. However, they did not return till late night. Their mobile phones were switched off. We were later informed by police that they had been shot dead,” said Waseem’s younger brother Javed.
Javed said police told the family that the cousins had got into a fight with Vijay at the farm, which led to a scuffle. Four accomplices of Vijay came from behind and allegedly attacked them and they were shot afterwards. Police said Waseem had sustained three gunshot wounds while Nayeem had been shot once.
As news of the murder spread in the village, police said there were some attempts to create disturbance and give the murder a communal colour as the victims and the suspects are from different communities. Senior officials of the Ghaziabad police and the district administration rushed to the spot and security has been tightened in the village with the deployment of additional police personnel.