Two weeks after a key witness in the 2002 Naroda Patiya massacre,Nadeem Saiyed,was murdered,the Ahmedabad Detection of Crime Branch arrested a local goon,Kalu Gardan,and six of his associates from Naroda on Saturday.
Saiyed was stabbed 25 times near his house in Ahmedabad on November 5. The DCB had ruled out the murder being a fallout of his deposition in the riots case,over which he had received threats from an externed gangster,Mehboob Senior. The attack,it is believed,was the result of Saiyed trying to stop illegal animal slaughter in Juhapura,which allegedly invited Gardans ire. The main conspirator,Mushir Ahmed,remains absconding. Cops believe he hired Gardan to eliminate Saiyed.
A newspaper vendor,Aijaz Khan,who took Saiyed to hospital is also being investigated. Khan claims not to have seen the attack but surfaced at the spot within minutes.