Police, who picked up some suspects in connection with chain snatching cases, were surprised when the suspects confessed to three murders in the last two years.
None of these three murders committed at different times by the gang was known to the police as the bodies were burnt in a bid to leave no trace of any evidence.
Despite the confession now, investigators are struggling to reconstruct the crimes piecing together available circumstantial evidences.
The kingpin in the case was stated to be Raju, a resident of Patigadda. He used to operate a kennel club in Dammaiguda near Kushaiguda.
He allegedly developed illicit relation with his cousin, and her parents lodged a complaint with the Karimnagar police who registered a rape case and arrested him.
In October, 2009, he began living with her in a house in Neredmet.
A few weeks later, the woman’s elder sister, who married another man secretly, sought Raju’s help to get a job. Raju arranged some accommodation for them in Malkajigiri.
Meanwhile, three persons whom he acquainted while being in Karimnagar jail too approached him and he got them a rented house in the same locality and the trio allegedly began to snatch chains in different localities.
“On learning that her husband was living another woman, Raju’s first wife and her brother hatched a plot to eliminate her,” police said. In December, 2009, they intercepted Raju’s concubine, strangled her to death.
They reportedly forced Raju to cremate the body.
However, the concubine’s sister who lives in the same locality got wind of the murder and Raju too sensed it. When she was planning to return to her parents in Karimnagar, Raju got worried and with the help of his three jail friends, he strangled the couple to death in Neredmet in January 2010, the police informed.
The gangsters later shifted the bodies to a secluded place in Dammaiguda and burnt them.