Nagpur: Two individuals suspected of being contract killers, allegedly hired by the operators of the online betting and gambling platform Mahadev App, were nabbed after a dramatic chase near Nagpur Railway Station, according to a report in a local English daily.
The incident, according to the report on Monday, involved the arrest of Anuj Tiwari and Rajneesh Pandey by the Crime Intelligence Bureau (CIB) of the Railway Protection Force (RPF) of Central Railway on Saturday. During the pursuit and subsequent scuffle, a couple of police officers sustained minor injuries, according to officials quoted in the report.
Authorities claim that Tiwari and Pandey were responsible for the murder of Omprakash Sahu in Bhilai, Chhattisgarh. The report suggests that Sahu incurred substantial losses while betting on the Mahadev App during the recently concluded Indian Premier League (IPL). Sahu also allegedly worked as a local operative for the online platform. As Sahu failed to settle a debt of Rs 30 lakh, the operators of the Dubai-based app purportedly hired Anuj and Rajneesh to kill him.
According to the report, the two accused, along with another individual named Ashish Tiwari, who had been previously arrested, invited Sahu to a party on May 31. Once Sahu became intoxicated, Tiwari and Pandey allegedly killed him. They subsequently tied Sahu’s body to his two-wheeler and disposed of it in a quarry.
Following his arrest, Anuj Tiwari provided information about the murder to the Chhattisgarh police. Upon tracking their location in the train, the Chhattisgarh authorities alerted Ashutosh Pandey, Senior Divisional Security Commissioner of RPF Central Railway. Commissioner Pandey then assigned Naveen Pratap Singh, Chief of CIB RPF, to apprehend the suspects.
It is worth noting that last month in Nagpur, a young individual took his own life after suffering significant losses on the Mahadev App. The following day, his mother also tragically died by suicide. However, no official offense has been registered in connection with these incidents thus far, the report claimed.