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Contract killers killed journalist for Rs 50 lakh: MP Police

Kamlesh Jain was alone in his office in Pipliyamandi, 15 km from Mandsaur city, filing stories for the Indore-based Hindi daily that he worked for when two suspects had come on a motorcycle, shot him twice at close range and had sped away.

cities Updated: Aug 09, 2017 21:47 IST
Mustafa Hussain
The murder had shaken the entire Malwa region and the journalistic community and had drawn widespread condemnation.
The murder had shaken the entire Malwa region and the journalistic community and had drawn widespread condemnation.(Representational Photo)

Contract killers, hired by a gangster sitting inside a jail, were behind the sensational murder of journalist Kamlesh Jain, who was shot dead in his office at Pipliyamandi on the night of April 31, the police said here on Wednesday evening. Three persons have been arrested so far.

Mandsaur SP Manoj Singh said the contract for killing Jain had been taken for Rs 50 lakh by gangster Ajam Lala, who was in jail in Pratapgarh, Rajasthan at that time, and the contract was given by in-laws of a widow whom Jain was going to marry. The in-laws did not want the marriage to take place as the widow had property worth crores in her name.

The murder had shaken the entire Malwa region and the journalistic community and had drawn widespread condemnation.

Kamlesh Jain was alone in his office at Lovely Chouraha, in Pipliyamandi, situated 15 km from Mandsaur city, filing stories for the Indore-based Hindi daily that he worked for when two suspects had come on a motorcycle, shot him twice at close range and had sped away.

SP Manoj Jain said initially, the police, on the basis of information provided by family members, had suspected that some local bootleggers against whom Kamlesh Jain had complained to the police, might be behind the murder, but that turned out to be a false lead.

When the police started investigating other angles they zeroed upon a well-established Jain family of Pipliyamandi. They found that after the death of Naveen Jain, his elder brother Sudhir Jain and younger brother Manoj Jain wanted Naveen’s widow to marry a rich person known to them so that they wouldn’t have to give part of the property to her and her two children. But Naveen’s wife refused to marry and she started demanding her share of the property. The Jain family gave her some money and she started living in Mandsaur. In the entire process of fighting for her rights, Kamlesh Jain had helped Naveen’s wife and they drew close, and more so when she started living in Mandsaur.

But when the Jain family came to know that Kamlesh would be marrying Naveen’s widow on June 17, they decided to eliminate him. They realised that with Kamlesh by her side, Naveen’s wife would manage to get her rightful share of the property.

Sudhir Jain had close contacts with notorious criminal Ajam Lala son of Kayyum Lala, who heads the Lala gang, and also with Gopal Rathore alias Sanyasi. Sudhir Jain who was friends with Dheeraj Agrawal owner of Meenakshi Dhaba in Pipliyamandi acted as the go between and contacted the Ajam Lala in the Pratapgarh jail. Ajam agreed to take the contract for Rs 50 lakh and he took advance of Rs 5 lakh. Gopal Rathore who was in Mandsaur jail acted as the guarantor the remaining amount would be paid after the killing.

SP Singh they have evidence that Dheeraj was in constant touch with Ajam Lala and also with the two shooters before and after the shooting. The SP said they have arrested one of the shooters Zaid Lala alias Rohan resident of Akhepur, Rajasthan, Sudhir Jain and Dheeraj Agrawal, and booked them under Section 302 and 34 of IPC. The other accused including the second shooter, Salman alias Sallu Lala are absconding.