After much dithering, the police on Wednesday finally arrested Nawab Khan, the bus contractor whose Blueline bus mowed down seven pedestrians and injured 13 others near Haldiram's on Mathura Road on October 7.
Khan has been accused of tampering with the speed governor of the over-speeding Blueline. The actual bus owner, Manish Kakkar, was arrested on similar charges as well. The driver, Anil Kumar, was arrested earlier.
Nawab Khan, the name had often been painted in bold letters on some of city's Blueline buses, as a signal for the traffic police that the bus was beyond their reach since it was under Khan's 'protection'.At least that is what the police claim.
Khan's lawyer Shastri Shankar, however, denied the allegations saying his client was an innocent businessman who just operated the three Bluelines he owned.
A police officer said Khan began his career as a bus cleaner and went on to own three Blueline buses and ran at least 40 others on contract.
The police said that Khan, 41, had terrorised the entire government set-up and had virtually become a brand in the city's Badarpur area, operating from his office, Nawab Travels, near the Badarpur police station. A police officer said Khan has earlier been booked for crushing a person accidentally while driving a bus.
Khan had virtually become a law unto himself, even giving out his name on rent to at least 40 transporters for Rs 3,000 per day, per bus, police said. Khan, who has built a sizeable fortune, made humble beginnings in the early 1990s after shifting to Delhi from Faridabad's Fatehpur.
He left his family behind and had taken a helper's job in a bus, police said. He gradually went on to become a driver.
“It was here that he learnt to exploit the system. He lodged corruption complaints against several traffic police officers, leading to departmental action against a few of them. All the officers in the area gradually began fearing him,” said a police officer.
Soon, he began an organised racket of allowing bus operators to use his name on their buses, police said.