Dispute over gambling winnings leads to murder in Uttarakhand village

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In Uttarakhand’s Makhiyali Khurd village, two men were arrested on Sunday for allegedly killing a 23-year-old man named Shadab. The incident occurred under the jurisdiction of Laksar police, reported the Times of India.

According to police reports, Shadab’s body was discovered on 6th April, late on Friday evening. Investigations revealed that he had been strangled to death by the accused individuals, identified as Gulsher and Raqib. The argument leading to the murder supposedly started because of a dispute over gambling winnings in an under-construction building where the accused gathered to gamble.

Following the discovery of Shadab’s body, his family lodged a complaint against four individuals, including Gulsher, Raqib, Ahatsham, and Gulzar, accusing them of involvement in the crime. Police investigations revealed that Shadab had informed his family about going to the mosque for prayers, but instead, he ended up being engaged in gambling with Gulsher and Raqib. After winning approximately Rs. 5,000, Shadab wanted to leave, which initiated a confrontation with Gulsher and Raqib, who insisted on continuing with the game.

The quarrel quickly escalated into a physical fight, during which Raqib allegedly strangled Shadab with a shirt and concealed his body among construction materials in the building.

Swapn Kishore Singh, SP (rural), confirmed the arrest of Gulsher and Raqib, stating, “Both individuals have been presented before a local court, and investigations are ongoing to ascertain the involvement of Ahatsham and Gulzar in the incident.” Additionally, police recovered Rs. 3,200 in cash and the shirt allegedly used in the crime from the possession of the accused.

The incident serves as a reminder of the dangers associated with gambling-related disputes and the tragic consequences that can ensue. Authorities continue to investigate the matter to bring all perpetrators to justice.