Rawalpindi - Police will produce a mason arrested in connection with a murder before the court today for seeking extension in his physical remand.

The police had held Nadim, 29, from Adiala Road on charges of kidnapping Aftab Ahmed, 44, and axing him to death apparently to grab his property. The police claim to have recovered the weapon used in the murder. The alleged killer had dumped the body in a gutter and covered the same with tiles to hide his crime.

Earlier, a court had given Nadim into physical custody of police, who, during investigation, confessed his crime. 

While talking to The Nation, Sub Inspector Malik Younis, the investigation officer, said that Nadim was a tile and marble fixer and was doing work in the under-construction house of Aftab Ahmed in Gulshanabad area on Adiala Road.

He added that the mason assumed that Aftab was a rich man and engineered a plan to kidnap him to grab his property.

The IO further said that the accused called Aftab on December 7 on his cell phone and invited him for dinner at his rented house located at Landco, near Rehman Markaz.

“The host mixed some toxic stuff in the meal and served the same to Aftab, who after having the meal went unconscious,” the investigator said. He said that Nadim killed Aftab with a blunt axe and threw his dead body into a gutter. Later, the mason covered the gutter by fixing tiles on the floor in a bid to remove clues.

The IO said that the police had earlier registered a kidnapping case on application of Ishtiaq Baig, brother of deceased, and had begun investigation. It was suggested during initial investigation that Nadim was using mobile SIM of the deceased in his own phone set, he said. A police team headed by SHO Saddar Bairooni Malik Rafaqat carried out a raid at Landco and held Nadim who later confessed his crime. The police had also recovered the body from gutter, he said.

The police have inserted Section 302 of the PPC in the First Information Report (FIR) of the case and started grilling the alleged killer, Malik Younis said.

He added that the police would produce the killer before a court of law today and would obtain his further remand.