Man wanted for 80-yr-old’s murder in Guj held in Mumbai
During investigation, Ahmedabad police learnt that there was some property dispute between the victim and her son in-law, Ramesh Patel. The latter had given contract of ₹5 lakh to Khan to kill his mother-in-law.Updated: Jun 20, 2018 00:30 IST
The Mumbai crime branch on Tuesday arrested a man from Jogeshwari, whose two associates posed as courier boys and strangled an 80-year-old woman in Ahmedabad last year. They also stole her gold ornaments worth ₹56,000.
The accused, a contract killer, has been identified as Iftiak Ali Khan.
During investigation, Ahmedabad police learnt that there was some property dispute between the victim and her son in-law, Ramesh Patel. The latter had given contract of ₹5 lakh to Khan to kill his mother-in-law.
Later, Ahmedabad police arrested Patel and the two attackers — Mohammad Latif Fakir, 34, and Sher Ali Sayyad, 33 — on charges of murder, robbery and conspiracy while Khan was wanted in the case.
Khan, a native of Nagpur, lived in Meghwadi area of Jogeshwari. He used to supply sand at construction sites in Mumbai. Patel, also in the business of supplying construction material in Gujarat, often visited Virar for purchasing sand and thus knew Khan, said a crime branch official. During interrogation, Ramesh confessed to hiring Khan to kill his mother-in-law, the official added.
Khan took the money and laid a plan with Fakir and Sayyad. The duo then went to Ahmadabad in December last year. After a recce, they entered the residence of Patel’s mother-in-law on the afternoon of December 21, posing as courier boys, and strangulated her to death. They also stole her gold bangles and chain to make it look like robbery was their motive, said police inspector, Srimant Shinde.
The duo was arrested by Ahmedabad police after the interrogation with Patel. Unable to trace Khan in Mumbai, Ahmedabad police informed the Mumbai crime branch about his role.
“After getting a tip-off , the police arrested him on Tuesday morning when he came to visit his sister in Jogeshwari,” said Shinde. He will be handed over to the Ahmedabad police, he added
First Published: Jun 20, 2018 00:29 IST