Kangra police claims to have cracked the McLeodganj murder case in which a local taxi operator, Sanjay, was found dead in a room of a private guest house under mysterious circumstances. In this connection police has arrested a Class X student, Uzair Badhir Bhatt, a resident of New Colony, Khwaja Bagh, in Talwal district of Jammu and Kashmir. He was arrested by a team of the Himachal police from Srinagar in coordination with the Jammu and Kashmir police.
Kangra SP Diljeet Thakur said the accused had fled along with a girl in Sanjay’s taxi from Dharamsala. They abandoned the taxi in the Bharatgarh area of Punjab after the fuel in the vehicle was exhausted. From Bharatgarh, the girl left for Chandigarh, while Uzair Bhatt went to Delhi.
The police kept tracking the accused on his mobile. However, by the time the Himachal police team reached Delhi, the accused had left for Srinagar. The police team, however, followed him to Srinagar and arrested him with the help of the Jammu and Kashmir police. He was brought to Dharamsala last evening, the SP said.
Police said Uzair Bhatt had come to Dharamsala as a tourist. On his way to Dharamsala, he befriended a local girl. Both of them came to McLeodganj and checked in at a private guest house. The couple hired a taxi from Sanjay to roam in the area. Sanjay got to know about their alleged illicit relations. He later entered Uzair’s room at McLeodganj and tried to molest the girl, who is yet to be identified. This led to a fight between Uzair and the taxi operator. Uzair allegedly stabbed Sanjay with a knife, killing him on the spot. The girl and Uzair then fled McLeodganj. The Kangra SP said they were on the lookout for the girl involved in the crime as she was the prime witness and co-accused in the case.