Hired killers followed Mohammed Moin Khan, a legal advisor with the NDMC, on Saturday and Sunday from his office to home before shooting him dead on Monday.
Police said the plan to kill Khan was executed in 10 days. The contract killers were hand-picked, weapons were arranged and a detailed recce was conducted to ensure there were no gaps.
What helped the police crack the case was CCTV footage from the Johri Farm area, where Khan was killed, in Jamia Nagar. The police established the link of hotelier Ramesh Kakkar to the murder by scanning his call records.
Police said Khan’s daughter, Iqra, helped them reach Kakkar, the owner of ‘The Connaught’. She told the police that her father had been receiving threat calls to resolve the case regarding Hotel Connaught or face dire consequences. She said she had asked her father to report the matter to the police.
The police checked the call detail records of Kakkar and found that he used to talk to his body guard, Ram Phool, at odd hours. When the police checked Ram Phool’s call records, it was found that he had been speaking to Israil, who earlier used to work with him.
“We identified a pattern and came to know that both Ram Phool and Israil were in touch with Bilal, Anwar and Saleem -- all local criminals. This raised serious doubts as to why Ram Phool was talking to criminals. Once we established the link, it was clear that Kakkar planned Khan’s murder through his body guard. After sufficient evidence was collected, Kakkar was detained for questioning,” a senior police officer said.
“During investigation, it came to light that Khan had been appointed the estate officer in the case of lease terms violations by The Connaught. He was the one who had the power to decide how much the hotel would have to pay. The dues were to the tune of R140 crore. This strengthened our suspicion that Kakkar had the motive and might be involved in the case,” the officer said.
The CCTV footage from Johri Farm area on Saturday, two days before Khan was murdered, also shows the four men carrying out a recce in the area.
“The men can be seen on bikes doing rounds of the area. They followed Khan to his home on Saturday and noted the time when he left from office and also the route he took. On Sunday, the men visited the area again. They finally struck on Monday. The men were identified with the help of the CCTV footage and the information of their hideouts was developed through local intelligence,” a police source said.
Khan, hailing from Pratapgarh, had shifted to Delhi after completing his LLB from Allahabad University. His father Naseer Khan was a social activist.