Uttar Pradesh minister’s son held for triple murder

February 29th, 2008 - 10:16 pm ICT by admin  

Noida, Feb 29 (IANS) Ravinder Bhati, son of Uttar Pradesh Home Guards Minister Ved Ram Bhati, has been arrested in this town adjacent to the national capital for allegedly murdering three people earlier this month, the police said Friday. “Ravinder Bhati was arrested on the intervening night of Thursday-Friday from the minister’s house during a raid,” Senior Superintendent of Noida Police A. Satish Ganesh told reporters.

Ravinder was named along with his two accomplices - both named Ravi - and two unidentified people for killing two transporters and their driver in the Greater Noida area Feb 6, the official said.

Ved Ram Bhati was also named for criminal conspiracy in the first information report (FIR). He is still untraced, the police said.

On Feb 6, the transporters, Yusuf and his brother Shahbuddin, were going in their car with their driver Suresh, when another car overtook them in Kasna area of Greater Noida around 3 p.m.

Ravinder Bhati and his associates got out of their car and shot the three people, according to the police.

While the two brothers died on the spot, Suresh succumbed to his injuries in a hospital.

Rivalry over a transport contract had led to the murder, according to the police.

Ravinder Bhati had allegedly demanded Rs.20 million as extortion money from the two transporters for operating in what he claimed to be his territory. When they refused to pay, they were shot dead, according to the police.

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