A real-estate businessman and two contract shooters were arrested on Tuesday on charges of trying to murder two of the businessman’s associates.
Police said the businessman was also involved in another case of cheating three banks to the tune of Rs 16 crore. The cheating case is pending investigation with the CBI.
Police said two cases of attempt to murder — one in Delhi and the other in Ghaziabad— were solved with the arrest of the three, identified as businessman Nitin Arora (33) and hired shooters Dhanesh (26) and Muninder Chauhan (34).
According to police, they received some information on Monday that led to the arrest of the three. “We learnt that Nitin, who has a garments business in Gandhi Nagar, started dabbling in real estate with Sanjay Mehta and another man named Ashok Arora. For the purpose, Nitin, in 2010, took loans to the tune of Rs 16 crore from the State Bank of India, the State Bank of Bikaner & Jaipur and the Bank of Maharashtra pledging two of his properties. He pledged the same properties in three different banks. In 2013, State Bank of Bikaner & Jaipur came to know about this triple fraud and reported the matter to the CBI. That case is pending investigation,” Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Ravindra Yadav said.
Police said a cloth merchant in Gandhi Nagar, Sandeep Kheda, had forged property documents in order to help Nitin avail the loans. When someone sent emails to banks alerting them about the fraud, Nitin suspected that Kheda was behind it, police said.
So, on September 1, 2014, Nitin allegedly hired contract killers to shoot Kheda. The killers fired on Kheda’s car in Ghaziabad, injuring his driver, police said.
Meanwhile, differences cropped up between Nitin and Mehta. So Nitin hired Dhanesh and Muninder, through his bouncer Babloo, to shoot Mehta, police said.
Police said on October 5 last year, Mehta was shot at in his office in Krishna Nagar. He sustained a bullet injury in the stomach.
Police said Nitin short changed the contract killers and fired Babloo as well.
When Dhanesh started demanding payment, Nitin registered a false case of extortion against him. When police arrested Dhanesh he revealed that Nitin had hired him to shoot his business rivals.