Hamsa murder case: CBI arrests prime accused

In a breakthrough for CBI in the Hamsa murder case, the investigating agency has arrested one of the main accused from Chennai, top CBI sources said.

Updated: Mar 16, 2011, 13:50 PM IST

Kochi: In a breakthrough for CBI in the Hamsa
murder case, the investigating agency has arrested one of the
main accused from Chennai, top CBI sources said.

The accused, AC Abdullah, the sixth accused in the case,
was arrested from Chennai and was being brought to Kochi,
CBI sources said.

The arrest is after 21 years of the incident.

The case relate to the killing of Hamsa, a police informer
on April 29, 1989.

The local police and Crime Branch investigated the case
after which CBI conducted further investigation.

The CBI case was that rivalry between the two gangs engaged
in smuggling had led to the murder of Hamsa who had
tipped off the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) about
the smuggling of gold biscuits by a rival gang.

Following Hamsa disclosures DRI had seized gold biscuits
worth Rs 6 crore which had been brought to Kasargod.

CBI had filed chargesheets against 19 accused of which 4 are
still absconding.

Hamsa was shot dead at Poinachi on the National Highway
between Kasaragod and Kanhangad.

PTI