Within hours after the murder of 58-year-old Mohammmed Moin Khan, Delhi Police got a crucial lead from one of their informers, a ‘strongman’ in Jamia Nagar, where the incident had taken place.
The man told a head constable with the southeast district police that recently, he had been approached by two men who offered him money to beat up Khan. However, the informer rejected the offer as he did not want to be involved in any such incident.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (south-east) M S Randhawa then formed six separate teams, under the supervision of Inspector Naresh Yadav and Assistant Commissioner of Police Anil Kumar Yadav, to solve the case.
The first accused to be detained by police was Ram Phool, one of the security officers of Ramesh Kakkar, owner of the four-star The Connaught hotel. “Ram Phool was detained from outside the hotel and he was later identified by the informer. During questioning, he named his associate Israil, a former bouncer at the hotel. Israil was also detained by police,” said police sources.
Police then went through Israil’s call records, which revealed that he had been in touch with several people, including his cousin Saleem Khan, a recovery agent, said sources.
Suspicious about the frequency of calls between Israil and Saleem, police also went through the latter’s phone records. “Saleem had been constantly in touch with Anwar, who has a criminal record in Jamia Nagar,” added the sources.
Meanwhile, Kakkar, who had been detained by police, initially denied all the charges against him, said sources. He claimed he was being falsely implicated in the case and police had no direct evidence against him, they said. “Police got their first breakthrough after they detained Saleem from Govindpuri and started questioning him and Kakkar together. Khan identified Kakkar as the person who had paid him Rs 50,000,” added sources.
Soon after being identified by Khan, Kakkar also confessed to his involvement in the incident, said sources.