‘Maruti’ Nayeem, accused of involvement in over 100 burglaries in different parts of the State capital, has been murdered allegedly by one of his associates over disputes in sharing stolen property in the early hours of Friday in Reinbazar of Old City here.
Nayeem and his accomplice, Mohd. Tariq Ali alias Babu, were seen fighting at Naushad crossroads near Islamia college of Yakutpura around 4.15 a.m. Passers-by called up the police control room about the brawl.
By the time the Reinbazar police arrived at the spot, Nayeem was found killed with multiple knife wounds all over the body. The blood splattered on the roads suggested that Nayeem was chased and hacked to death after the argument, the Mirchowk ACP, M. Kishtaiah, said.
Nayeem is notorious in the cops and criminal circles for his burglaries. The Maruti tag was added to his name as he used to steal Maruti cars and use them to burgle shops.
“He would strap a steel chain with the shutter of a shop and fix it to the rear side of the car. He would then start the car so that the force lifts the shutter creating space for him to gain entry inside,” a police officer said. This modus operandi earned him Maruti Nayeem name.
Two months ago, he and Ali were arrested by the Falaknuma police on charge of committing burglaries. Police believe the duo developed differences over sharing the stolen property and that Ali waited for an opportunity to take revenge.
They came out on bail a month ago. Ali reportedly maintained normal relationship with Nayeem but finally murdered him on Friday, the police said.