Ahmedabad: In a gruesome murder, three brothers were shot dead and subsequently burnt down in Kutch district of Gujarat to destroy evidence, police said on Saturday.
Police suspects revenge behind the brutal killings.
"Charred remains of three brothers, aged between 30 to 40, were found today from Khedukavad village of Rapar taluka of Kutch district," A K Jadeja, Border Range IG, told PTI.
The accused first abducted the brothers identified as Suresh Koli, Naresh Koli and Ramsang Koli from Piprada check post and then shot them dead, the IG said.
In order to destroy evidence in the case, the accused burnt their bodies at Khedukavad village from where brothers and the accused hail, said Jadeja.
Jadeja suspects that the accused killed the brothers to avenge the killing of one of their family member who was allegedly murdered by the Kolis.
Superintendent of Police at Patan district, Ashwin Chauhan said the three brothers had yesterday come to Adesar police station of Patan from where the accused chased and abducted them before the killings.
"Yesterday, those three men had appeared at Sankhalpur police station in Patan district in connection with a murder case from where the accused chased and abducted them," Chauhan told PTI.
"Later, they took them near Piprada check post at the border of Kutch and Patan districts and shot at them," added Chauhan.
The accused later burnt their bodies by using tyres and diesel at their village Khedukavad in Rapar taluka of Kutch, which were found by police today, he said.
Chauhan said the accused had some old rivalry over a land issue around one year back.
"We have not yet arrested any person but we have been continuously combing to nab them," he said.
However, Chauhan did not reveal the names of accused.
A case under various sections of Indian Penal Code (IPC) including 302 for murder, 307 for attempt to murder and 120 (b) for criminal conspiracy has been registered against ten persons.
They were also charged under the IPC sections 342 (wrongful confinement), 201 (causing disappearance of offence) and 34 (act done by several persons in furtherance of common intention), Chauhan said.