Fourteen days after he was abducted from outside his residence at North Avenue in high-security Lutyen's Delhi, investigators on Sunday confirmed that Mohammad Ashraf, 21, has been murdered by his abductors. The case was first reported by Hindustan Times on April 7.
Police have arrested the main accused, Mohammad Aslam and his accomplice Mohit, who confessed to killing the victim and dumping his body into the Gang Nahar in Roorkee, Uttrakhand. Three more persons, including Aslam's brother, Mohammad Shakeel, who are said to be involved in the crime, are yet to be arrested, sources said.
This is the third case of abduction in 2012 in which the Delhi Police have failed to save the life of the abducted. On April 3, Jhonny Gupta, a 23-year-old civil engineer was strangled to death in west Delhi after a failed abduction-for-ransom bid by his friends.
Mohammad Ashraf, who used to work as a waiter at a small restaurant near Jantar Mantar and stay at the servants' quarter of a former Member of Parliament (MP) from Kerala, was abducted on March 25.
"Aslam said they abducted Ashraf and kept roaming around the city in their car for hours before he pumped a bullet into his head and threw his body in Gang Nahar.
Aslam had a dispute with Ashraf over payment of a loan, which the latter had taken from him. They killed Ashraf because they feared that if they set him free, Ashraf would get them killed by his friend, a gangster in Gurgaon," said a senior officer. He said a police team has been sent to Roorkee to recover the body.
Alleging lackadaisical approach of investigators in the case, Ashraf's family members told Hindustan Times that despite they were given names of two main suspects, the police could not establish their involvement in time to save Ashraf's life.
"On the very first day we had requested them to grill Mohammad Aslam and his brother Mohammad Shakeel. We had also told them about a suspected dispute my son had with them over a payment of Rs 3,000. But, instead of rescuing Ashraf, the police focused on collecting evidence against Aslam and the other accused," said Mohammad Arshad, Ashraf's father.