The city police have detained three persons, including the owner of Malik car interior shop, where the main accused in the toll plaza murder case - Vijay Veer - had got the fittings of his Bolero car changed. The others who have been detained are workers at the shop.
The three men have been detained on the charge of destruction of evidence.
According to the police, the shop owner did not disclose during initial proceedings that Vijay had got the fittings of his car changed there. The shop on Old Delhi Road here is on lease. It has been closed since Monday after Veer and his accomplice Manjit Singh were arrested.
Around noon on Sunday, a police team visited Lovely accessories, which is adjacent to Malik car interiors, directed its owner to inform the police if someone in a Bolero car came for repair or change of accessories. The owner informed workers at Malik accessories about it.
After around two hours of being alerted, Vijay came to Malik accessories. The owner and workers, despite having information regarding the hunt, changed the fittings of the accused's car. "The accused paid Rs 3,000 to them for changing the accessories of his car and destroying the evidence," the official said.
"The owner and workers of Malik accessories took the sun roof from Lovely accessories and installed on his Bolero car. Among the three who were detained on Tuesday, two are from Khedki Daula village," said the official.
Had the shop owner cooperated in the investigation, police said, Vijay could have been arrested on Sunday. Veer's white Bolero was highly customised. His sport utility vehicle's distinct top end, front grille, steel rod below back bumper, roof rail were vital clues. Considering the likelihood of the accused getting the look of the vehicle changed, three teams had visited car accessories shops.