The modus operandi of this murder is bears resemblance to the murder of Sanjay Singh and Kishanmani Jain, the two scrap-iron traders who were murdered in 2006 and 2007.
The police report claimed that the mastermind behind these murders was extortionist Amit Singh alias Amit Choudhury, a Bihar-based ganglord now staying in Nepal and extorting money from scrap-iron-traders throughout India.
“We can’t rule out the possibility as Mahato was attached to a scrap-iron-syndicate and he might have denied giving money to Singh,” A police officer said.
Sources said that Mahato was engaged in a tussle with Singh and Jaiswal. They were old partners but when Jaiswal asked for money, he refused.
“The criminals came on a motorcycle at Jai Biwi Road where Mahato was standing and shot him once which killed him on spot,” the police informed.
“We have reason to believe that a hitman was hired for this crime,” a police officer said.
Sources informed that Mahato was close to Palash Das, a notified criminal who was gunned down at a factory this May. After Das was murdered, he became little bit weak and was trying to form a strong gang.