"Afroz used to call Siddique repeatedly and demand that they meet."
An Indian man has reportedly confessed to murdering his former lover with the help of two friends in Karnataka.
On January 15, 2021, Mohammed Siddique confessed to murdering hotelier Mohammed Afroz with two accomplices.
The trio allegedly murdered Afroz and dumped his body on a railway track in Bengaluru, where it was sliced in half by an oncoming train.
The three alleged that they killed Afroz after he sought sexual favours from one of them, and made abusive remarks about his girlfriend.
Investigators found that Afroz, who ran a hotel in RMC Yard, had previously been in a relationship with Siddique.
The two had been in a homosexual relationship for a year.
They had remained close even after they parted ways, but Afroz got upset after Siddique showed him photographs of his current girlfriend.
Siddique reportedly began avoiding Afroz shortly after.
Whereas, Afroz called him repeatedly and “abused” the girlfriend to “eliminate” him.
After combing through the victim’s call logs, police found that Siddique, a welder, had made a call on his mobile on the day of the murder.
He later reportedly confessed to Bengaluru City Police that he murdered Afroz with the help of Mohammed Khaleel, a carpenter, and fellow welder Mubarak.
The men, all aged between 20 and 24, attempted to cover up the murder by leaving Afroz’s body on railway tracks in the Hampinagar neighbourhood on January 3, 2021.
A passerby found Afroz’s torn in two by a train and had quickly alerted police.
Railway police, who inspected the body, suspected it was a murder and an autopsy confirmed their suspicions.
Sub-inspector Bharathi D led the investigation, with police explaining that after Siddique showed Afroz a photograph of his current girlfriend, he made disparaging comments about her.
As a result, Siddique distanced himself from him.
A police officer stated: “Afroz used to call Siddique repeatedly and demand that they meet.
“Afroz abused Siddique’s girlfriend over the phone to eliminate him.”
Siddique’s accomplices Khaleel and Murdbarak are also in police custody.
Homosexual relationships are becoming increasingly common in India after the Supreme Court established it was legal in 2018.
Prior to 2018, having same-sex sexual relations in India was a crime punishable by a 10-year prison sentence.
The law punishes, in its own words, “carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal”.
The statute criminalises all anal and oral sex, however, it largely affected same-sex relationships.