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Police recover pistol used in toll plaza case

india Updated: Oct 06, 2011 00:29 IST
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The city police have finally recovered the weapon used in the killing of an attendant at Kherki Daula toll plaza. They have also arrested the younger brother of prime accused Vijay Veer Yadav, Himesh Yadav, from his native village, Kho, in Gurgaon.

The police found the remains of the weapon, a countrymade pistol, from Himesh's possession. Himesh has confessed that he smashed the weapon to destroy the evidence against his brother. He has been arrested under Section 201, amounting to destruction of evidence, said a police official.

A city court on Wednesday sent him to 14 days judicial custody for destroying the pistol.

The countrymade pistol was used in the murder of toll plaza attendant, Umeshkant Panday, on September 23. After the incident, Himesh hid the damaged murder weapon.

"Himesh destroyed the weapon, after Vijay Veer and his friend Manjeet Singh were arrested. We have been looking for him after the incident. We recovered the remains of the weapon, which appears to be a countrymade pistol, from Himesh. He has confessed of having destroyed the weapon," said Maheshwar Dayal, DCP east, Gurgaon.

According to a senior police official, the weapon was recovered from the drain near Himesh's house in village Kho.

Earlier, the police said the weapon could be an important lead in the case.

A few days ago, they even seized a countrymade pistol, belonging to Manjeet, from his home. Later, the police said it was not the weapon used in the murder.

According to the police, after committing the murder, Vijay contacted Himesh and handed over the pistol to him. He asked him to destroy it.

Besides Himesh, the police have arrested two persons from Malik Accessories and Lovely Steel works, saying they were involved in destroying the evidence against Vijay after the latter approached them.

However, they have been released on bail.

The 22-year-old toll collection staff Umeshkant Pandey was shot dead on September 23 by Vijay Veer Yadav following an argument as the accused claimed that he was a local resident and is exempted from paying toll fee. He along with his friend Manjeet was arrested on September 26.