Police in Noida suspect that farmer leader Manvir Singh Tevatia,arrested from Delhi last week for his alleged role in the Bhatta-Parsaul clashes with UP policemen,was hiding in a South Delhi house which is said to belong to underworld don Dawood Ibrahims aide Romesh Sharma who is currently in jail.
Noida Police said that the house,C-31 Hauz Khas,was kept under surveillance for over a week and they had credible information that Tevatia was living on its first floor,a claim that is denied by caretaker Sansar Chand.
We do not have any documents which say that the house belongs to Romesh Sharma but we are looking for the appropriate papers. We mounted surveillance on the three-storeyed house for over a week and arrested Tevatia when he was trying to flee in a car. Once we gather evidence,we can also arrest those who had given him shelter, said Jyoti Narayan,Senior Superintendent of Police,Noida.
While the first floor of the property is lying vacant,the third floor is occupied by relatives of Kunjum Budhraja,an upcoming fashion designer and a friend of Sharma who was found murdered at his Mehrauli farmhouse in 1999. A lower court had convicted Sharma but the Delhi High Court acquitted him of all charges in 2009.
Sharma is presently lodged in Tihar Jail,serving sentence in other cases.
Sansar Chand,the caretaker of the house,denied that Tevatia stayed at the house. I am 71 years old and I met Tevatia during a farmers agitation at Tappal in Uttar Pradesh. I only know him as he has been involved with several agitations involving farmers. This does not mean he was staying at the house. I have given in writing to the Hauz Khas police that Tevatia was not staying with me. I am only a caretaker of the house,the owner lives in Mumbai and comes here once in a while, said Sansar Chand,who works with a firm called Change of System Alliance.
Tevatia was wanted by Noida police since May 7 for allegedly spearheading the farmers stir in Bhatta-Parsaul villages against the state governments land acquisition policies. Four persons,including two policemen,were killed during the agitation. The state government had announced a reward of Rs 50,000 for Tevatias arrest.
Delhi Police said they did not have any information that Tevatia was staying at the house. Nor were they intimated by Noida Police on the day of arrest.