THE KARELI police cleared the name of Samajwadi Party MP Atique Ahmad’s cousin Hamza for a rifle licence even though over half-a-dozen cases were pending against him at the Civil Lines and other police stations.
Hamza is accused of planning the recent murder of railway contractor Nanhe Khan and getting it executed by Sohrab and Mannu. The cases against him included those under the Goonda and Gangster Acts, said a police officer on condition of anonymity.
The District Crime Record Bureau and the Local Intelligence men also could not escape responsibility for having cleared Hamza’s name, he added. The then SSP, too, cannot escape the blame because the district police chief’s nod is a must for a rifle licence.
Nanhe Khan’s nephew Ansar blamed Hamza for the murder. Two railway contractors Brajesh Agrawal and Idris paid the ‘supari’ and Hamza got the murder executed by the two men, he alleged.
He refuted Sohrab’s version to the police wherein he had said that he murdered Nanhe Khan because he was refusing to return Rs 1.25 lakh which he (Sohrab) had loaned to him ( Nanhe). Sohrab is also understood to have cited a land dispute between him and Nanhe. This was a trick to save Hamza and get his name cleared following investigation, said Ansar. A contract worth around Rs 2 crore which his uncle had bagged was the cause of the murder, he said. Hamza wanted Nanhe to either pay him Rs 15 lakh, or hand over the contract to the two railway contractors. His uncle had relented after initially refusing to budge, he said. A couple of days before the murder, he had also paid Rs 2 lakh to Hamza and would have given him more money, but he was killed even then, alleged Ansar.
Sohrab, resident of Sultanpur, had also managed to procure a licence for a rifle from the city. The Shivkuti police had given him a clean chit even though he has several criminal cases against him, said Ansar.
He even managed to get his rifle deposited with an arms dealer on a back date, he added.
Meanwhile, circle officer Rajeshwar Singh accepted that the police appeared to have played a dubious role in clearing Hamza’s name for the rifle licence.
He said he would get a case filed against Hamza for giving a false affidavit, even when there were several criminal cases against him. He said he had written to the higher authorities for the cancellation of his licence. He accepted that Sohrab had managed to get his rifle deposited at a gun house in the city on a back date after the murder.