The six sharpshooters who were arrested by Delhi Police’s Special Cell a week ago had on them three pistols bearing star marks — produced by Pakistan’s Inter Services Intelligence (ISI), police said.
Delhi Police on Saturday said the two sharpshooters from Mumbai first came to the city in June on the instructions of underworld don Chota Shakeel, to forge an alliance with local criminals. All the men are allegedly part of Shakeel’s gang.
The accused had a contract of Rs 4 lakh to kill Sidhartha Luthra, lawyer of BJP MP Varun Gandhi, the police said. Shakeel planned the crime as he wanted to avenge the murder of the lawyer of Rashid Malabari — one of his sharpshooters who was arrested in March.
The six men were identified as Ram Shankar (32), from Uttar Pradesh; Pintu Mandal (30)from Mumbai’s Jogeshwari; Dilshad Hassan (23) and Nafeesul Hassan (23) from Mumbai; and Sajid (23), from Roorkee in Uttarakhand.
Baldeesh Singh (42), a resident of Najafgarh, was arrested later for supplying weapons to the alleged sharpshooters.
“We had received... information in... June that two Mumbai-based operatives of underworld don Chota Shakeel have come to Delhi to procure arms and set up a base here,” the remand application paper of the accused read.
“The Central intelligence agencies informed us that Sidhartha Luthra — lawyer of Varun Gandhi was the prime target,” the remand paper said.
The accused were remanded in judicial custody by the court on Saturday.