Henchman of Chhota Shakeel held in Delhi, cops claim plot to kill Tarek Fateh and Chhota Rajan
Police said Shakeel was allegedly heard directing Junaid Chaudhary to assassinate Fateh, known for his controversial remarks, and Dawood’s former aide and rival Chhota Rajan, presently lodged in Tihar jail.delhi Updated: Jun 09, 2017 23:12 IST
Delhi Police on Friday arrested gangster Chhota Shakeel’s aide Junaid Chaudhary, who was allegedly planning to assassinate Pakistan-born Canadian writer Tarek Fateh and jailed underworld don Chhota Rajan.
Shakeel is deputy of fugitive don Dawood Ibrahim, believed to be in Pakistan.
Chaudhary, 21, a resident of northeast Delhi, was caught late Wednesday night with a pistol and four cartridges near Gagan Cinema in Nand Nagri, MM Oberoi, joint commissioner of police (special cell), said.
Special cell sleuths were looking for Chaudhary after they intercepted telephonic conversation between him and Shakeel.
Police said Shakeel was allegedly heard directing Chaudhary to assassinate Fateh, known for his controversial remarks, and Dawood’s former aide and rival Chhota Rajan, presently lodged in Tihar jail.
“Chaudhary said he was directed by Shakeel to target the writer in Delhi. He claims Shakeel asked him to collect information about Chhota Rajan’s visits to hospitals from jail and kill him whenever he gets an opportunity. We are verifying his claims,” said Oberoi.
Chaudhary received R1.5 lakh in four installments through hawala and other money transfer means from Shakeel to execute the assassination plan, Oberoi said.
Of the amount, Chaudhary claimed he spent R1 lakh to buy the pistol and cartridges. The firearm and ammunition were delivered to him by a Uttar Pradesh-based illegal arms dealer, who is now on the radar of the police.
Even though Fatah, a secularist and liberal activist, was not in Delhi, Junaid was directed to carry out a recce and look for opportunities to kill him, said an officer.
Chaudhary was last arrested in May-June last year with three others for allegedly plotting to assassinate Ghaziabad-based godman Swami Chakrapani, chief of Hindu Mahasabha. Their interrogation had revealed that the assassination plot was hatched by Dawood and Shakeel.
They said Dawood was angry with Chakrapani because he bought an old car allegedly belonging to the don in 2015 and later publically burning it in Ghaziabad.
Chakrapani was provided Z-category security cover after threats from ‘D-company’.
Chaudhary was bailed out in less than two months. His bail was then cancelled on the request of the investigating officer. In October, he was again released on bail and he once again established contact with Shakeel, police said. Special cell sleuths kept their surveillance on him and his activities.
Unlike the previous time when he was contacting Shakeel through phone calls and text messages, Chaudhary this time used internet calling and messaging options to avoid detection. He often used WhatsApp, Viber and other mobile applications to communicate with Shakeel. He also used emails.
“Choudhary claimed that he met Shakeel’s around two years through his aide in Delhi,” said the officer.
First Published: Jun 09, 2017 23:11 IST