The city police seized a countrymade pistol belonging to Manjeet Singh,the accomplice of main accused Vijay Veer Yadav,caught in connection with the murder of a toll gate attendant at Kherki Dhaula toll plaza on the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway on September 23.
However,police said the seized pistol was not used for the murder. After interrogating Manjeet,we raided his house and recovered the pistol. He is not giving any clear answers as to how he got hold of it. He initially said he got it from a friend,but later changed his version, said DCP (East) Maheshwar Dayal.
Police further claimed that the actual murder weapon was destroyed by the brother and a relative of the main accused,Vijay Veer,although it is yet to be recovered. Police said after committing the murder,Vijay may have handed over the pistol to his brother,which was later destroyed. We are yet to recover the murder weapon,and we are trying to further interrogate the culprit and get more information on it, Dayal said.
Police sources indicated that the two may also be booked for destruction of evidence. Vijay and Manjeet have been remanded in judicial custody.
Meanwhile,two persons arrested for destruction of vital evidence,after Vijay Veer approached them,received bail and are out of police custody.
Naveen of Mullick car accessories and Deepak of Lovely Steel works,who changed and modified accessories of SUV the accused was driving,were also questioned by the police. Both were arrested under Section 201 for destruction of evidence.
A toll collector,Umesh Kant Pandey,was allegedly shot by Vijay Veer Yadav when he was asked for his RC,which led to an argument. Yadav,along with accomplice Manjeet Singh,who had come back to the toll to enquire about the shooting,was arrested on September 26.
The police have,however,confirmed that the weapon used for shooting by Vijay Veer was not licensed,and was acquired from another place. Police said such lookalike pistols are readily available for sale in the black market,priced between Rs 30,000 and Rs 35,000.
Apart from arresting the two accused,the police have also seized the white Bolero in which they were travelling. The police had constituted 41 teams to nab the criminals,and they were taken into custody within three days of the crime.