Four persons, including a college student, were arrested for allegedly gunning down a 35-year-old commission agent metres away from his residence in east Delhi’s Laxmi Nagar about a fortnight ago, police said on Thursday.
“The arrested have been identified as gang leader Mustakin Bhoora, Zaki Anwar, pursuing his graduation from Patna University, Arshad and Nadeem. All of them are in their early 20s. They had gunned down Atul Jain, a commission agent on the evening of March 6,” said OP Mishra, deputy commissioner of police (east).
“Four men on two motorcycles opened fire at him. Four bullets hit him. We rushed him to the Hedgewar Hospital where he was declared brought dead,” said a senior police officer from the investigation team.
Police zeroed-in on the gang after preliminary inspection of the crime scene revealed that it was a targeted killing.
“During investigation, it came to light that Jain had collected money from several traders in Gandhi Nagar and was carrying cash in his bag on the fateful evening,” said the officer.
“However, although the incident was witnessed by many persons residing in the vicinity, no one was willing to come forward and help with any details,” the officer added.
According to police, Jain had been a commission agent for quite some time and operated in the Gandhi Nagar area. The four assailants had fled the scene on a single motorcycle, after two of them fell from one vehicle, leaving it behind.
“Enquiries at the Gandhi Nagar market area led us to pick up Arshad for questioning,” said the officer.
“After sustained interrogation, he told us that he had shared information about Jain having accepted payments, with Anwar, from a couple of shops in the market. Anwar was picked up and he, in turn, led us to Bhoora and Nadeem,” the officer added.
Police said the said gang used to operate in a rather professional manner.
“The gang gets information regarding the identity and route of cash couriers beforehand through their own sources, who are working with various firms. Then they do their own recce, identify the target’s route and attack,” DCP Mishra added.