Diesel racket gang war suspect nabbed

A bloody battle over an illicit trade in diesel that resulted in two killings last month is now inching towards justice with a prime suspect arrested while trying to flee the country.


Amira Agarib

Published: Sat 24 May 2014, 12:00 AM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 8:50 PM

Salem Al Zaabi, public prosecutor at Sharjah Court, said Interpol officers nabbed the man recently after the UAE authorities issued a warrant for his arrest.

This is a breakthrough in a case that police regard as one of the worst gang wars over illicit diesel sale.

Investigation shows the fight broke out on April 24 after two gangs began arguing, first on the phone. They were soon joined by their associates and it developed into a pitched battle in Al Sajaa fought with knives. One gang boasted three brothers. The arrested man belongs to this group.

When police officials rushed to the scene, they found two dead bodies and five injured gang members. One of the injured is still in a critical condition.

The dead were identified as a 27-year-old and a 33-year-old Pakistani, who had been stabbed in the chest and stomach and succumbed to their injuries.

The injured gang members were taken to Al Kuwaiti and Al Qasimi hospitals.

The Sharjah public prosecution interrogated 15 Pakistani suspects. Once the forensic laboratory test results and fingerprint details have been obtained and medical check-ups done, prosecution will refer the case to the Sharjah court, charging the suspects with murder, attempted murder, using knives though they are prohibited, and illicit diesel trade.


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