The main accused in the road rage case, in which 40-year-old Shahnawaz was allegedly beaten to death near Turkman Gate on Sunday night, was arrested on Wednesday.
The accused, Amin Pahelwan, was on the run since the incident and was apprehended from ISBT, Anand Vihar, police said.
According to police, Pahelwan has several criminal cases registered against him. On Sunday, Pahelwan was reportedly on his way home after attending a wedding in Seelampur. He and his son were in the Hyundai i20, which allegedly was grazed by Shahnawaz’s motorbike, resulting in an argument between the two parties. Pahelwan confessed that he got angry when Shahnawaz, instead of apologising, began arguing with him. It was then that he asked his son Shahdab to beat Shahnawaz.
“Shahnawaz was thrashed, kicked and punched by Shahdab and Pahelwan. They were soon joined by one Saleemuddin. All of them cornered Shahnawaz and beat him to death. Pahelwan, who had been evading arrest, was apprehended on Wednesday and he has confessed to having committed the crime,” a senior police officer said.
“Amin, who is known as Pahelwan in his area, is a property dealer and also supplies construction material to builders. However, in the guise of property dealing, he has been involved with several local criminals. He also had cases of rioting and a case of murder registered against him,” the officer said.
He has also been arrested in a case of attempt to murder in 1995, police said. “We are trying to ascertain the number of cases Pehelwan was involved in,” DCP (Central) Paramaditya said.
Meanwhile, a Delhi court on Wednesday remanded the three others arrested in the case — Atif Malik (26), Shahdab (24) and Saleemuddin (24) — in judicial custody for 14 days.
Police on Wednesday also moved an application before the court for a test identification parade (TIP) of the arrested accused who were brought to the court with their faces covered.
The court referred the matter of TIP to another court, which has allowed the TIP proceedings to be conducted in the jail on April 15.