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Friends behead Delhi tattoo artist with coconut choppers, arrested

Friends behead Delhi tattoo artist with coconut choppers, arrested

New Delhi: The mystery of the tattoo artist murder in East Delhi's Pandav Nagar area solved on Tuesday after three of his closest friends arrested for killing him with coconut choppers.

The investigating agency claimed that murder was over a money dispute. Police identified the accused as Prashant Mishra (25), Ankit Sharma (19) and Inderjeet (27). They beheaded their 22-year-old friend Babloo Kumar.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (East) Pankaj Kumar stated that on December 16, a PCR call was received regarding the body of the caller's brother being found in an abandoned plot with his throat slit.

"On the basis of questioning of the brother of the deceased and neighbours, a detailed account of the last day he was seen was made up. Thereupon, the team decided to interrogate three of his friends Bobby, Prashant and Ankit who were last seen with him on December 10," said DCP. Bobby was having an injury caused due to a sharp object, this had made the police suspicious as he was not able to explain the injury. Ultimately, they broke down and confessed the crime. One of the accused, Mishra, who was a stockbroker had lent Babloo for some money which he had refused to repay. The other two - Bobby and Ankit - also had a fallout with Babloo over money as they were all addicts, he added. The trio then hatched a plan to kill Babloo by luring him into the abandoned plot on the pretext of a party. Mishra had arranged two coconut choppers. The trio had planned that once Babloo was drunk enough, they would kill him using the choppers and leave the body to rot, he further said.

"They were arrested and their blood stained clothes along with the coconut choppers were also found," he added.

DCP Singh further said "when the family was searching for Kumar, these accused also joined them in order to avoid the suspicion that they were involved in his missing and then killing."

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