Investigation into the murder of a property dealer, Kailash Gupta, in Bhajanpura Tuesday revealed that people who allegedly abducted his son last year and killed him in Ghaziabad’s Loni area may be involved in this murder as well. Police believe a property dispute could be behind both murders.
“Kailash was the primary witness in the case as his son was abducted in front of him and the case was registered on the basis of his complaint. He was likely to record his statement before a magistrate in the next few days,” police sources said.
Police said they suspect the involvement of two persons, who have been absconding since the son’s murder last year, in Tuesday’s killing as well. Police had earlier arrested four people for allegedly killing Vishal. A trial in that case is underway.
According to police, prime facie it appears that Kailash’s eldest son Vishal was shot dead last year in Loni area over a property dispute.
“Investigators are probing the role of one Sunil Pehalwan, a criminal with a Rs 20,000 reward on his head, and Monu, who are two of the six men accused in Vishal’s killing. Kailash was a property dealer in Loni area, where Pehalwan also ran a real estate business,” police sources said.
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Police sources added the assailants could have laid a trap to kill Kailash. According to a senior police officer, a few people known to the assailants allegedly approached Kailash, promising him money if he “settled” the court case in his son’s death. Police said that prima facie, it appeared that Kailash went to Bhajanpura to meet the men and was killed at the spot.
DCP (northeast) A K Singla, meanwhile, said a case had been registered against Kailash last year for “betting and illegal occupying a property” in Harsh Vihar.