The city police on Thursday arrested relatives of Javed and Furkan, main accused in the killing of sub-inspector Akhtar Khan in Dadri on Monday. Police said Furkan’s wife Anmol and two relatives of Javed were arrested from Ecotech 3 police station area. The accused, however, are still absconding.
“Furkan’s wife Anmol and Javed’s relatives Nanhe Khan and Qasim were arrested for sheltering the accused persons and helping them flee from the spot. They were produced in court and sent to 14-day police custody,” said Bijendra Bhadana, in-charge, Ecotech 3 police station.
Sub-inspector and in-charge of Kot police post, Akhtar Khan, was shot dead by suspects of armed robberies at Nai Abadi area of Dadri, 30 km from Delhi on Monday morning. He was leading a 12-member team in search of accused Javed, Furkan, Waseem, Tota and Aurangzeb. Following the incident, a reward of `50,000 was declared on any information about the accused persons. Aurangzeb was arrested near Sector 26 on Monday itself.
In Monday’s incident, Khan was the first to knock on the door of the suspects’ hideout. According to eyewitnesses, as soon as the door opened, the suspects started firing randomly, hitting Khan in the neck, and fled from the spot.
Police said Furkan’s wife Anmol was also present at the spot when the incident occurred.
“Javed and Furkan fled from the spot and hid in the house of Javed’s cousins Nanhe Khan and Qasim in Jalpura area that falls under the jurisdiction of Ecotech 3 police station. Following intelligence inputs, we searched their residence on Thursday morning, but Javed and Furkan had fled from the spot. Anmol was found hiding there,” said Bhadana.
Police said that during their interrogation, Nanhe and Qasim revealed that they have been sheltering Javed and Furkan for many years and had also paid for their bail bonds when they were jailed last year.
“They have also revealed some of the possible hideouts of the accused in Meerut, Ghaziabad and Delhi. Teams of special task force (STF), crime branch and local police are conducting searches in these places,” said Bhadana.
Meanwhile, the family of the deceased said they suspect the involvement of the station house officer involved in the incident.
The family on Thursday met the DM of Aligarh and submitted a memorandum addressed to UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav, demanding a CBI inquiry into the killing.
Akhtar’s brother Yamin told HT, “The incident is a conspiracy and the facts should emerge in public interest. My father has been alleging that the inspector got Akhtar killed and we are demanding a CBI inquiry to expose the truth.”
They also questioned how the police deposited empty cartridges following the incident, as eye witnesses claim that the police had failed to open fire.