30-year-old held for killing history-sheeter

A 30-year-old man wanted in connection with the murder of a gangster was arrested on Sunday.

The gangster Khaleel Ahmed, who was involved in more than 45 criminal cases, was killed in Chandni Chowk by Rishi Gupta.

Police recovered two pistols, including a country-made one, and four cartridges from Gupta, a resident of Mandawali in east Delhi.

Khaleel, a known Lahori Gate-based bad character who was also into real estate, was a detainee under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act. He was shot dead by six men on May 29 while he was returning home from work.

His friend Ismail had suffered bullet injuries when he tried to intervene.

A police officer said they got a tip-off that Rishi Gupta, a friend of Mobin Sabbir, had plotted to kill Khaleel. Police also knew that Gupta would come near Shahdara Metro station. “We laid a trap and arrested him,” said a senior police officer.

Gupta told police that Mobin Sabbir was an associate of Khaleel Ahmed. He became close to them when he was in Tihar Jail. They were extorting money from builders and businessmen in Delhi.

Later on, however, Khaleel and Mobin became enemies and stared working
separately. Mobin wanted to kill Khaleel, and hatched a conspiracy to kill him with Gupta.

 “They tried to kill Khaleel two or three times before too, but they could not find a safe opportunity to execute their plan. Gupta then borrowed a car from his friend Israil, following which they went to Khaleel’s office. Mobin and two other accused went to shoot Khaleel while Gupta was waiting in the car,” said the officer.

After killing the gangster, all of them fled to Etha and then Agra.

The officer said Gupta was planning to go to Agra to meet Mobin since he wanted to eliminate another enemy by the name of Shiv Shankar, a resident of Firozabad near Agra. He said Mobin was supposed to help him in the murder. Police arrested him just before executing the plan.

Khaleel was earlier booked under MCOCA and the National Security Act.

The special cell had arrested him in 2009 and he spent three years in jail.

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