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Three more arrested for engineer's murder

The Delhi Police have arrested three more persons for the kidnapping and murder of 28-year-old engineer Rohit Ahlawat.

delhi Updated: Dec 26, 2011 00:29 IST
Faizan Haider

The Delhi Police have arrested three more persons for the kidnapping and murder of 28-year-old engineer Rohit Ahlawat.

Ahlawat was abducted on November 21 by his two of his friends, who took him to Noida and killed him.

The police said that apart from the three accused, they have also traced two girls who had met Ahlawat that day.

"Those two girls had met Ahlawat at his office on November 21 afternoon. His friend Anadil and Mehboob Alam, who have already been arrested, had lured Ahlawat to Noida, saying these two girls would be available there. The girls are now key witness for us," a senior police officer said requesting anonymity. The three persons who have been arrested now are Firoz, Mukesh and Javed.

"The girls had gone to Noida and had a drink with Ahlawat. After that the girls left and the accused took Ahlawat to Rajasthan," the officer said.

Ahlawat, an engineer employed with the Bureau of Indian Standards and son of an advocate, was killed after the accused failed to withdraw money from his account.

Initially, the central district police thought it was a staged kidnapping as Anandil talked to Ahlawat's father posing as Ahlawat.

"After a ransom call was received, teams were sent to Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. The call detail records (CDR) of the victim showed his location in Noida, central Delhi, Sonipat, Arwal, Amroha and several other places. On the basis of CDR, the police first apprehended Anadil and then Mehboob Alam," the officer further said.

Anadil decided to kill Ahlawat after he found that he had only Rs 8,000 in his account. During interrogation, Anadil told the police the names of other three accused.

"To avoid being caught, the accused first strangled him at Amroha and Javed fired a bullet on him," he added.