An Uttarakhand police inspector faces “serious” disciplinary proceedings for his alleged links with gang members of Kale alias Yunus who was arrested by Ghaziabad police on November 24.
Kale is accused of killing Amjad Malik in January 2015 and later his elder brother and cloth trader Arshi Malik in March this year in Indirapuram, Ghaziabad.
Following the murder of Arshi Malik, the Ghaziabad police on March 30 arrested Kale’s brother Tahseem who revealed that Kale was in touch with one inspector Anil Joshi posted at Garhi Cantt Kotwali in Dehradun and was trying to get Kale to surrender in Uttarakhand.
Tahseem was named in the murder of Amjad and is also accused of being party to the criminal conspiracy behind Arshi’s murder.
“After receiving a report from the Ghaziabad police, we suspended the inspector and initiated a preliminary inquiry in which we found the inspector guilty. Kale’s brother had been in touch with him and was trying to get Kale to surrender in Uttarakhand. It is yet to be known whether the inspector had knowledge of the murder. But he was in touch with criminals associated with Kale and this is a serious misconduct by a police officer,” said Sadanand Date, senior superintendent of police, Dehradun.
Officials say Joshi now faces proceedings which will be conducted by an official of the rank of superintendent of police. The disciplinary action could either be a suspension for three years or a dismissal.
“We will collect a report from Ghaziabad police regarding the details revealed by Kale. We may also send a team to Ghaziabad to question Kale,” Date said.
Joshi was earlier posted as a sub-inspector with the Ghaziabad police in Sahibabad. It is suspected that it was during this time that he came in contact with Kale who also acted as a police informer. The inspector was earlier posted at Dalanwala police station and later at Cannt Kotwali.
Arshi’s brother Iqbal said a rape case was lodged against Arshi and two brothers in 2015 during the period when Joshi was posted at Dalanwala police station in Dehradun.
“The case was later transferred to Ghaziabad’s Sahibabad police station where it was expunged by the police. We suspect that the case was lodged to bargain with us brothers and deter us from pursuing Amjad’s murder case against Kale,” Iqbal said.
Amjad was allegedly gunned down by Kale and his men in January 2015 while he was travelling in his Audi near Vasundhara. Arshi sustained several bullet injuries in that attack but survived.
After the rape case was expunged by the Ghaziabad police, the complainant approached the court and a reinvestigation was ordered.
“The reinvestigation found no involvement of Arshi or his brothers. The woman who filed the case was Kale’s friend. We will now interrogate Kale as soon as he moves out of the hospital,” said Salmantaj Patil, superintendent of police (city).
Arshi’s family also suspects that Arshi’s meticulously planned murder could have been masterminded only by a person who is well versed with the police investigation.
After Arshi moved to ATS Advantage in Indirapuram following Amjad’s murder, Kale and his men hired a flat on the 22nd floor of the same housing complex and kept an eye on Arshi’s movements.
The gang allegedly gunned down Arshi in front of his wife and three minor sons inside the housing society while the family was out on a stroll on the night of March 11.