Three held for murdering 50-year-old in Ghaziabad over rivalry, poll ambition

Harun was gunned down by two persons on a bike in the afternoon of September 14 in Sahibabad while he was on his way to a mosque in Maharajpur locality to offer namaz.

noida Updated: Nov 04, 2017 22:03 IST
Peeyush Khandelwal
Peeyush Khandelwal
Hindustan Times
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The police identified the prime suspect as Mohammad Zakir and the others as two of his two accomplices – Hridesh Gurjar and Mohammad Yasin. (Sakib Ali/HT Photo)

Political ambitions over the civic body polls and an existing rivalry led to the murder of 50-year-old Haji Harun in Ghaziabad, the police said, after arresting three persons in connection with the case.

Harun was gunned down by two persons on a bike in the afternoon of September 14 in Sahibabad while he was on his way to a mosque in Maharajpur locality to offer namaz.

The police identified the prime suspect as Mohammad Zakir and the others as two of his two accomplices – Hridesh Gurjar and Mohammad Yasin. The police said that the latter two were on the bike that did not have a registration plate and had gunned down Harun.

“My father was asked to mediate a dispute between Zakir and Riyaz. During the panchayat, the two groups clashed and there was a firing incident in which Zakir sustained injuries. In this connection, Riyaz’s son Ishrat was lodged in jail and I went to meet him, following which Zakir and his family believed that my father was behind the attack,” said Mohammad Arif, the victim’s son.

The police said that the panchayat was held in August and Zakir was also jailed as both parties filed a case against the other.

Harun was planning on contesting the upcoming elections and Zakir was also vying for a ticket, police said. Harun was influential as his wife Shamim Begum had been the councillor for the ward from 2006 to 2011.

“Earlier, Zakir had also grabbed some land in the area, which was revoked by Harun’s wife when she became the councillor. This had led to a tiff between the two. Zakir also had political ambitions but Harun appeared a major obstacle. So he roped in his brother-in-law, Yasin, and his accomplice, Hridesh Grujar, a sharpshooter of Jugla gang,” said Akash Tomar, superintendent of police (city).

The police said they have electronic evidence of a meeting at Zakir’s house on September 6 in which Zakir, Hridesh and Yasin planned the murder.

“Based on detailed electronic surveillance, we traced the two shooters and later arrested Zakir. We are also on the lookout for a Jai Singh from Gautam Budh Nagar who had provided pistols to the shooters to gun down Harun. For the murder, Zakir had made an initial payment to the duo for purchasing weapons and a used Pulsar bike, which was bought for Rs8,000 from Meerut,” Tomar said.

The police said they will take the three accused on remand and will subject them to detailed questioning.

“Since my father and my mother have good support among local residents, I will contest the elections now. I have approached a political party and am very likely to get a ticket for the councillor seat. The final list is expected soon,” Arif said.

First Published: Nov 04, 2017 22:03 IST