Hyderabad police foil family plot to kill businessman

September 3rd, 2008 - 10:20 pm ICT by IANS  

Hyderabad, Sep 3 (IANS) The police Wednesday claimed to have foiled a plot to murder Hyderabad businessman Abdul Muneem Haji Seth and his family members by arresting seven people including his nephew.A criminal lawyer was among the accused arrested by the south zone Task Force, a wing of the city police.

Police said the main accused, Abdul Hakeem Zaki, the son of Haji Seth’s brother Abdul Nayeem Zaki, hatched the plot to kill his uncle and cousins to usurp his property worth Rs.5 billion.

Task Force Deputy Commissioner Kamlasan Reddy told a news conference that a dispute on the ownership of City Mall, a shopping complex in the upmarket Banjara Hills, was on between Haji Seth and his brother for some years. He had escaped a murder attempt last year. A civil case over the ownership was pending in a court.

Abdul Hakeem, with the help of Taher Hashmi and a gang of criminals, hatched the conspiracy to eliminate his uncle and cousins.

The main accused agreed to pay Rs.2.5 million for the killings. He also paid half the amount as advance.

Taher Hashim, a former employee of a family company, contacted a criminal lawyer in Warangal, P. Raghupati, to procure the services of professional killers.

Police claimed that two criminals, Raghu and Pramesh, were put in place to carry out the killing. Abdul Hakeem provided the photos of Haji Seth and his sons and showed his offices, shops and other places which they visit.

The arrested men include Abdul Hakeem, Taher Hashmi, his brothers Abu Hashmi, Naseem Hashmi, Mustafa Hashmi, Mustafa and Raghupati.

An amount of Rs.610,000, a Tata Indigo vehicle, a two-wheeler, five daggers and swords, a lap top with printer and seven cell phones were also seized.

The police are on the lookout Abdul Nayeem Zaki and his son Nadeem Zaki, Raghu and Pramesh.

Haji Seth had contested the assembly elections as a Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) candidate from Asifnagar constituency in the city in 2004.

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