A day after a 27-year-old cloth trader was murdered inside a gated society in Indirapuram, his family members have alleged that they were not provided round-the-clock security. They also said they would approach Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav and demand security for the family.
The incident is the second murder in the family in the past 14 months where the role of a history-sheeter and his accomplices is evident.
Victim Arshi Malik’s family after his murder on Friday night said the police had withdrawn round-the-clock security six months ago. The two armed police personnel were not present with the deceased at the time of the incident that happened on Friday around 11:30 pm.
“The police had provided Arshi with round-the-clock security after he was attacked in 2015. However, after six months, the security cover was withdrawn saying that there was a shortage of police personnel. The shift of the current two personnel was restricted between 8am and 8pm after which they would leave for home,” said Moin Malik, brother of the deceased.
Arshi had survived an attempt on his life in January 2015 when several bike-borne armed robbers had attacked him and his 19-year-old brother Amzad. Amzad was killed in the incident and Arshi was fighting his murder case in court.
The victim is survived by his wife and three sons aged ten, eight and three. His family has named Kale alias Yunus, a history-sheeter and four others in the complaint.
Malik’s kin said that he had anticipated an attack and used to wear a bullet-proof jacket. He also travelled in a bullet proof car.
“My brother had also applied for an arms license but his application was rejected. He was planning to move to Dubai in the next two months to set up his business. His passport had arrived just six months ago,” said Moin.
However, the police have said that armed personnel were deployed round the clock and Malik would send them home himself in the night.
“If there was any complaint by the family regarding his security, they should have approached us earlier. Two highly efficient and trained personnel have now been provided to the family of the victim to ensure their security,” said Salman Taj, superintendent of police (city).
According to the police, all possible hideouts of the accused are being raided. The assailants had hired a flat at the high-rise a couple of days ago at the same ATS high-rise to target Arshi.
“The weapon used during the shooting was a 9 mm pistol. Three accused were identified from the CCTV footage installed in the building lift. We are inquiring the involvement of the owner of the flat, which was hired by the accused,” added Taj.
According to Moin, Arshi had been getting extortion calls from Kale and he had already paid him `12.5 lakh.
“On the day Arshi appeared before the court for a hearing in Amzad’s murder case, his brother openly threatened to kill him if he did not pay the money,” Moin said.