The Ahmedabad Detection of Crime Branch (DCB) on Sunday arrested Mushir Ismail Qureshi,the main conspirator in the murder case of RTI activist and 2002 Naroda Patiya riot case witness Nadeem Saiyed.
Qureshi was arrested near the Ahmedabad international airport in the early hours of the day following a tip-off. Qureshi,a builder by profession and a key conspirator in Sayeds murder,was arrested after he landed at the airport from Dubai, said ACP Mayur Chavda.
Qureshi has been booked for conspiracy and murder under various sections of the Indian Penal Code. He will be produced before the Metropolitan court here on Monday.
Police,which had earlier questioned gangster Mehboob Senior after he allegedly warned the RTI activist not to depose in the Naroda Patiya riot case,have now changed their line claiming that Nadeem was killed reportedly for giving some information to them regarding the assault on a police team in Juhapura.
Qureshi,who was reportedly hiding in Dubai for the last three months,had allegedly given Rs 5 lakh to Mohammad Sharif alias Kalu Gardan to eliminate Nadeem,who was stabbed to death on November 5.
According to reports,a mob had torched a police van and pelted stones when a team went to Juhapura to seize cattle that was reportedly being taken for slaughtering on October 24. The Vejalpur police had filed a case and arrested 15 persons.
DCB officers said Nadeem had complained to senior officers that the police had spared Qureshi and Gardan (now arrested) deliberately in the case. Nadeem had given statements to police that the duo was behind the torching incident.
According to the DCB,during his interrogation,Gardan told police that Qureshi had given him a contract to kill Nadeem before fleeing to Dubai on November 2.
They added that Qureshi had conspired to get Nadeem killed with the help of Gardan and his manager Maajid Khan Pathan (now in police custody). Maajid had coordinated the strategy and planning,while Gardan and his aides executed the murder,they said.
The DCB added that Gardan and his seven aides Mohammad Sarfaraz,Mohammad Arif,Nasruddin Kathiyara,Mohammad Saajid,Asif Ali and Gulam Hussain admitted that after murdering Nadeem they fled to neighbouring Anand district. Gardans friend,Pervez Pathan of Petlad town in Anand,had allegedly helped them.
According to DCB officers,Nadeem had filed several RTI applications and police complaints against local butchers.
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