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UP STF nabs 2 for kidnapping, killing local BJP member

Press Trust of India  |  Noida 

Two men allegedly involved in the kidnapping and murder of a local member were arrested by the (STF) from Gautam Buddh Nagar's town, police officials said Thursday.

On the intervening night of January 4 and 5, Dharmendra alias Dharmi, who himself had several criminal cases registered against him at the station, was picked up by the members of the gang from his house and shot dead, they said.

The assailants had later dumped his body near the Roopvaas roundabout, about a km from Dharmendra's home, and then fled from the spot, the officials said.

(28), the main suspect in the case, and his (around 32) were arrested late Wednesday night from by the Noida field unit of the STF, a senior said.

is the nephew of sand mafia Sanjay Momnathan, who has been booked under the National Security Act (NSA), and his maternal brother is an active member of the gang, the said.

"Acting on a tip-off, police arrested Vivek and Gyanendra around 11 pm. The vehicle used by them in the crime has also been recovered," of Police, STF, said.

A case was registered against them at the police station, he said, adding that the two were sent to jail.

During interrogation, revealed that he got into an argument with Dharmendra on the road a day earlier after which he wanted to "teach him a lesson", Mishra said.

But when Dharmendra did not cower down to their threats the matter escalated to become an issue of prestige for the gang, he said.

"On January 4, Vivek Singh got engaged in an argument with Dharmendra over giving side on the road in Dadri town. He then informed about the duel to Momnathan's son and Randeep Bhati, who asked his aides to threaten the local functionary over the phone," Mishra said.

"Later, eight-10 men of the gang led by Vivek Singh reached the house of Dharmendra, who had apparently rebuffed them on the phone, armed with weapons. They then kidnapped him, shot him dead and dumped the body along the road," he said.

Further legal proceedings were underway, Mishra added.

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First Published: Thu, January 10 2019. 21:55 IST