Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Friday met family members of lawyer Mohammed Moin Khan, who was shot dead near his residence Monday, and announced a compensation of Rs 1 crore for them. He also urged police to arrest those responsible for the murder of Khan — a legal adviser with the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) — irrespective of whether they were “politicians or senior officers”.
Kejriwal, who spent nearly 20 minutes with Khan’s grieving family at their residence in Jamia Nagar, said his wife would be given a government job and a flat would be allotted to the family.
“Khan’s death was very unfortunate. We are all proud of Khan sahab… finding an officer like Khan is very difficult today. Our whole country is proud of him. He is a martyr and we are with his family,” said Kejriwal.
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He said the Delhi government will pay for the education of Khan’s three daughters. “We will give his wife a government job and a government flat has been allotted to his family…,” said Kejriwal.”
Speaking on the police investigation, he said, “The station house officer of this area told me some culprits have been arrested but the mastermind and main suspects are yet to be arrested. Justice needs to be done.”
Kejriwal brought up the letter written by BJP leader and NDMC vice-chairman Karan Singh Tanwar to Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung.
“It has been revealed that the NDMC vice-chairman had written a letter to the Lt Governor against Khan, in which he had written that Khan was creating problems for a hotelier. I have read that letter today. I feel police should investigate this case from all possible angles. I will also meet the Lt Governor along with Khan’s family,” said the chief minister.
He said the Rs 1 crore compensation would be given under the Delhi government’s scheme to provide compensation to families of police personnel who die in the line of duty.
“… Khan died a martyr. We will consider this as an exceptional case and his family will get the same compensation amount,” he said.
“I appeal to police… do not leave any stone unturned to catch the culprit, whether they are politicians or senior officers,” added Kejriwal.
Khan’s elder daughter Iqra Khan said the family was grateful for Kejriwal’s visit, but added that all the family wanted was justice. “I am thankful to sir (Kejriwal), but justice still needs to be done. I appeal to the society… do not let my father’s death go to waste,” she said.
Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh Friday announced a compensation of Rs 25 lakh for Khan’s family and directed the NDMC to provide all necessary assistance to them.
Khan was shot dead by two men on a motorcycle outside his residence Monday night. The assailants had allegedly been hired by the owner of The Connaught hotel, Ramesh Kakkar, who was unwilling to pay dues of Rs 140 crore to the NDMC.
Police have arrested Kakkar, along with his security officers Ram Phool and Israil. They have also arrested four other suspects — Amar Alvi, Anwar Omais, Saleem Khan and Bilal — who were allegedly hired to kill Khan.
Metropolitan Magistrate Sheetal Chaudhary sent Kakkar, Amir Alvi and Anwar Omais — who were produced in court Friday — to Tihar Jail till June 2.
The court had Thursday sent four other accused — Saleem Khan, Ram Phool, Bilal and Israil — to 14 days’ judicial custody.