Police claim Delhi businessman’s murder solved, questions remain

April 14th, 2008 - 6:23 pm ICT by admin  


New Delhi, April 14 (IANS) Delhi Police Monday claimed to have solved the murder of Delhi businessman Arun Gupta and arrested four men, including his brother-in-law Dinesh Mittal, though several questions remain unanswered. Mittal, 46, had in January hired contract killers from Bulandshahar, Uttar Pradesh, for Rs.1 million to eliminate his sister Sadhna and brother-in-law Gupta, Delhi Police Commissioner Y.S. Dadwal told reporters here.

“Dinesh feared that Sadhna and her husband Arun Gupta, who inherited the Mittal Gardens (a property worth Rs 4 billion) from his late father, would sell it and fraudulently seize other family properties,” Dadwal said.

“Through his employee Mohammed Haroon, 37, Mittal hired contract killers to eliminate both of them,” Dadwal said.

Haroon contracted Mohammed Parvez, a 35-year-old driver by profession and involved in murder and attempt-to-murder cases in Ghaziabad, and his accomplice Afroz alias Pahelwan for Rs.1 million.

The police said Haroon arranged Dinesh’s meeting with the two in January and they were given photographs of Gupta and his wife. An advance payment of Rs.500,000 was also made.

The two further outsourced the contract killing to Ible Hassan and paid him Rs.200,000 to kill Gupta within two days. But Hassan was arrested for some other crime.

Parvez now contracted the execution job to his brother-in-law Mohammed Junaid for Rs.200,000. On April 6, Junaid and his two accomplices Shakeel and Abu Zar - all residents of Bulandshahar - arrived in Delhi on two motorcycles along with weapons.

The next day all four arrived outside Gupta’s house and killed him around 10.30 a.m. Junaid, Shakeel and Zar fled to Uttar Pradesh after collecting the contract money.

Dadwal said Dinesh, Parvez, Haroon and Junaid were arrested and search was on to nab others.

“Dinesh in his interrogation confessed that his father, who expired last year, had properties worth million of rupees, including the Mittal Gardens in Andheria Mod, properties in Dwarka, Jaitpur, Kalkaji, Tughlakabad, DLF Sushant Lok, Gurgaon and Faridabad,” Dadwal told reporters.

“But he decided to eliminate the Guptas after he got suspicious that his brother-in-law was trying to sell the Mittal Gardens. He also came to know that the Guptas were fraudulently trying to grab other properties and savings worth Rs.105 million,” Dadwal said.

Sadhna as well as her mother Kanta Devi had accused Dinesh Mittal and his brother Sneh Mittal soon after the murder.

Queried about Sneh’s role, Dadwal said the police were investigating. It was yet unclear whether or not Sneh was aware of the conspiracy.

Dadwal also failed to explain why Dinesh Mittal’s second wife Rekha was detained and interrogated.

When asked about a letter Kanta Devi had written to the police a few days before the murder seeking security for her daughter and son-in-law, Dadwal said he had not received any such request.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (South Delhi) H.G.S. Dhaliwal clarified that the family had only written to the Kalkaji police station.

“The investigation officer was sent thrice, but we did not find (anything) suspicious,” he said.

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