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Police quiz builder’s aide

delhi Updated: Sep 09, 2008 00:32 IST
Vijaita Singh
Vijaita Singh
Hindustan Times
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The south Delhi builder who tried to kill himself last week had been cheated by a finance company of Rs 25 lakh, his business partner has told police.

Mohammad Sayyed Abbas, of Maharani Bagh, had entered into a suicide pact with his wife Neelam and killed their two-year-old daughter Zenab on September 4, according to suicide notes allegedly written by the couple. Neelam died, while Abbas survived.

On Monday, the police questioned Abbas’s business partner Anupam Kumar Pandey.

“Anupam told us that he met Abbas more than two years ago at a hotel in Nehru Place. They started a construction company in partnership,” said a senior police officer.

Anupam said their monthly expenditure was around Rs 6 lakh and they were finding it difficult to maintain the salaries of their employees.

The duo had acquired land in Chandankhedi village of Greater Noida, where they were planning to build 240 flats.

“For this they had roped in two Badarpur-based builders Sanjeev Sharma and Ramesh Sharma. Of the 240 flats, bookings had already been done for 78 flats,” said the officer.

Both the builders were named in the suicide notes.

Anupam told the police that though their share was 25 per cent of all booking amount, they did not get any money.

“The duo were approached by a Nehru Place-based financial company who had promised to arrange Rs 70 crore loan for them. They made them believe the money would be arranged through a foreign investment company (although Reserve Bank of India guidelines prohibit any such investment). The company charged them Rs 25 lakh as processing fee but later refused to sanction the loan,” said the officer.

Police said they were trying to find out the truth and would question the finance company.

“So far we have not been able to question Abbas. He told Anupam that it was Neelam who killed their daughter Zenab. After Zenab was dead, he strangulated Neelam and then slashed his wrist, neck and legs,” said the officer.