The probe into the murder of former Najafgarh MLA Bharat Singh has revealed he received threatening calls allegedly from an inmate in Tihar jail around 10 months ago, police said. The caller allegedly asked Singh to withdraw his case against those who had attacked him at his office in 2012.
That year, Singh, who was shot dead on Sunday, had a miraculous escape when he was shot thrice from close range.
In his complaint, Singh had claimed the caller introduced himself as an accused in the 2012 attack case. The former MLA had alleged the caller made the calls from inside the prison and threatened him to pay Rs 2 crore to Udaiveer alias Kale, the main accused who was arrested for masterminding the attack on Singh in 2012.
Police sources, familiar with the investigation, said the case was registered under Sections 387 (extortion), 506 (threatening) and 195-A (threatening any person to give false evidence) of the IPC on May 21, 2014, at Baba Haridas Nagar police station in SouthWest Delhi following Singh’s complaint.
“In his complaint, Singh had alleged that he had been receiving calls on his personal number from inside Tihar jail. The caller threatened him with dire consequences if he did not withdraw the case against them. The caller allegedly threatened that he would eliminate his family members, all the eyewitnesses of the attack if they came to record their statements before the court,” a police officer said.
The caller also allegedly asked Singh to give Rs 2 crore to Udaiveer, who allegedly nursed a grudge against him as they had spent a lot of money on the case. “After Sunday’s attack, initial investigation has revealed Udaiveer hatched the conspiracy and hired some youths from Western Uttar Pradesh for executing the plan,” the officer said.
He said after the incident, Udaiveer was present in the area till 12.30 am on Monday, but now he is absconding and had switched off his cellphones.