Called for questioning in case of loot, former Army commando ‘confesses’ killing gangster: J&K cops

In a serious breakthrough into the broad daylight killing of a gangster Sushil Srivastava and his two aides in a 2015 shootout throughout the premises of Hazaribagh courtroom premises, Jammu and Kashmir Police have apprehended an ex-Army para commando suspected to have carried out the killings for cash.

Recognized as Avtar Singh, the accused was posted with the 4 Para in 2015 and was discharged from the Army on his personal request in 2016, sources in police stated. Hailing from Jammu and Kashmir’s Udhampur district, he was residing in rented lodging in Jammu’s Sainik Colony.

In line with sources, Singh was initially apprehended by a police occasion from R S Pura Police Station on suspicion of his involvement right into a latest incident of looting of a neighborhood shopkeeper.

Nevertheless, whereas he was discovered not concerned into the theft incident, throughout questioning, he confessed his involvement in the killing of Shrivastava and his two aides.

Confirming the arrest, a senior police officer stated Singh had been paid by the rival gangster for the killing.

The precise quantity that modified arms is but to be confirmed, stated the officer. Sources stated Singh was paid by gangster Vikas Tiwari.

The accused has additionally revealed the identify of his affiliate concerned in the killings, saying that he was presently posted in Delhi, sources stated.

Each have been employed by Tiwari as all earlier makes an attempt by him to kill Srivastava had failed in the previous.

Srivastava, who was already convicted in a homicide case and lodged in Hazaribagh jail, was gunned down together with two aides throughout the Hazaribagh courtroom premises, the place that they had been introduced for trial in one other legal case on June 2, 2015.

Over a dozen policemen who have been escorting the deceased gangster have been suspended after the assault.

A senior police officer stated Singh was confessing to have carried out two three extra killings in Hazaribagh however added that investigations have been in progress.

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