Shahadath Imam Husain, 55, who has been evading cops for 19 years for a double-murder case, was arrested by the Nelamangala police on Friday.
Husain, a resident of Nelamangala and native of Sagar in Shimoga district, was wanted by the Kerala police for the murder of Ganesh Bhat and Narayan Bhat during a robbery he committed along with his associates in Kasaragod in 1993.
After committing the crime, Husain left Kerala and started living in Mangalore where he cheated many people by playing an astrologer. Although several complaints were filed against him, he was acquitted by the local court.
Later, the Kerala police, during their investigation, came to know that Husain was living in Nelamangala in Bangalore Rural District. When their efforts to arrest him failed, Nelamangala police set up a team under circle inspector S Prakash. They finally zeroed in on a muazzin who was living near a mosque for the past five years. He also claimed to be an astrologer.
On Friday, they took him to the station where he confessed everything.
Police alerted their counterparts in Kerala who arrived in Nelamangala on Saturday and took him to Kasaragod for further investigation.
Setback for police
However, Nelamangala police suffered a setback when a chain snatcher Imran escaped their custody as they were busy with the Husain case and a road accident.
Two chain snatchers, Imran, 24 and Mujafir, 20, were in their custody for their involvement in more than 30 cases registered in KG Halli, DJ Halli, Electronic City, Banasawadi, Hennur, KR Puram, Nelamangala and other police stations.
As some police personnel were questioning Husain, others rushed to a road accident scene.
Imran took advantage of the situation. He went to the toilet in the police station and escaped by breaking the window panes. The police came to know about Imran’s escape only after a few minutes.
Later, Imran’s associate Mujafir was produced before the court and stolen property worth `8 lakh was recovered from him.