Two arrested in triple murder case in Bhiwandi

Thane: With the arrest of two youths, Thane police claimed to have solved the triple murder case in the powerloom town of Bhiwandi, which rocked the district last week, top police official said.

The arrested include Mohammad Rafique Khan (25) and Mohammad Safique Khan (30), both, residents of Bhiwandi.

Irfan Shah (32), a money-lender by profession, his wife Gulista and their four-year-old daughter Mohak were brutally hacked to death on August 24 in broad day light in their house.

Addressing a press conference here last evening, Thane Police Commissioner K P Raghuvanshi narrated the sequence of events that led to the murder.

Preliminary investigations have revealed that there was a dispute between the victim and the accused over the issue of interest amount on the loan.

The accused Rafique had allegedly taken a loan of Rs 1,000 from Shah, who demanded Rs 500 from Rafique towards interest, the police said.

However, Rafique and his brother Safique had a quarrel with Shah on August 23 over the interest amount.

Later, the Khan brothers also took one more person with them and went to Shah's house and had an altercation with him. However, the quarrel took a serious turn, when Rafique attacked Shah with a knife, killing him on the spot, police said.

The accused went on to kill Shah's wife and daughter, who witnessed Shah's killing. Two other children of the victim, had gone to school at that time and hence, were saved, they added.

The police interrogated over a hundred people in this connection and finally nabbed the accused in Uttar Pradesh. The duo has been brought back to Bhiwandi.

Bhiwandi and Kalyan police are carrying out the probe.