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For mere Rs 2 lakh Jamia Nagar youths kill lawyer

The Johri Farm murder case has been solved. And it took police just 24 hours to crack the sensational murder case of New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) officer with the arrest of six accused, including a few youths from Jamia Nagar, according to reliable sources.

The contract for killing was fixed for a mere Rs 2 lakh, of which Rs 50,000 was paid in advance. Police have recovered the amount from arrested youths. The plan was meticulously given shape in 10 days and even recce was done to make sure that the plan doesn’t fail.

It was on May 16 when 57-year-old Mohammed Moin Khan, a lawyer and an assistant legal advisor with the NDMC, was gunned down by two unidentified motorbike borne youth in Johri Farm, a few metres from the house where Khan used to reside. After pumping bullets in Khan’s chest, the miscreants fled from the area. Khan was rushed to the Holy Family Hospital where doctors declared him brought dead.

The death led to tension in the locality with cops under pressure to crack the case. The police action led to arrest of owner of 4-star hotel and five youths, including a kabariwala and recovery agents and a few ruffians, said police.

“Apprehending an unfavourable order, which would have resulted in huge monetary loss and eviction from the property, the hotel owner, Ramesh Kakkar, hatched the conspiracy to eliminate Khan, who was known to be straight and fair in his job,” said Special Commissioner of Police (Law & Order/South) P Kamaraj.

The NDMC had sealed the property last year and resumed its possession after the hotel authorities failed to abide by the eviction order following expiry of the lease, reported PTI. It is understood that Khan, made the Estate Officer on the direction of the High Court, was to pass the final order in the lease matter, which is a quasi-judicial action, on May 17.

Police said they are investigating the matter from all angles and some NDMC officials are likely to be questioned. Reports have surfaced that on May 6, NDMC Vice Chairman Karan Singh Tanwar had on written to Lt Governor Najeeb Jung demanding Khan’s transfer for his “illegal” and “biased” handling of the case, related to a group of hotels including The Connaught. Tanwar had claimed Khan’s actions were causing loss to the civic body.

Police have questioned Khan’s colleagues, who claimed the deceased was an honest officer, who was straight and fair in his dealings. Police, however, said they were told that Khan was once suspended by NDMC over 11 years ago on charges of misconduct but it had nothing to do with this case, reported PTI.

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