Hotel owner was killed for land, 2 held


The Crime Branch arrested a contract killer and his associate for allegedly murdering businessman Dilip Surtani. Police said Manoj Kumar (25) alias Chavanni was hired by two persons encroaching upon Surtani’s land in Aya Nagar in India. Kumar was picked up from Nithora village in Loni, Ghaziabad.

Officials said his fingerprints match those found on the motorcycle at the murder site. Kumar’s associate Manoj Yadav kept the two pistols used in the murder.

Surtani, part-owner of Park Residency and owner of Clay Oven and Kasba restaurants, was shot dead outside his Safdarjung Enclave home on November 28.

Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) B.K. Gupta said Kumar was promised Rs 10 lakh by Tule Ram and his son Joginder, who had a dispute with Surtani over the Rs 4-crore Aaya Nagar property on Mehrauli-Gurgaon Road. The others hired for the murder are Jagwinder, Gaje Singh and Rishi Raj.

‘Tule Ram and Joginder had encroached upon the land, constructed shops and given them on rent. Surtani wanted to sell the land but the duo were opposing him. Joginder had even threatened Surtani’, Gupta said.

On November 28, according to Gupta, Jagwinder and Kumar were on the motorcycle and Joginder was parked a little away. Joginder had identified Surtani a day before, shown his house and given details of his movements. Tule Ram and Joginder are absconding.

All the accused have a record of murder, kidnappings, robberies and dacoities in Delhi and the neighbouring states.

Police Commissioner R.S. Gupta has ordered that a special team investigate the Swiss diplomat’s rape at Siri Fort.

JCP (Crime) B.K. Gupta said that ‘the most professional officials will constitute this Special Investigation Team’. Headed by Addl Commissioner of Police Sudhir Yadav, the team has DCP (Crime) Depender Pathak and ACP (inter-state crime) Ravi Shanker. There will also be two inspectors and eight sub-inspectors.

Gupta said: ‘Around 12,000 people have been questioned. The information collated by the south and south-west districts and the Special Cell will be transferred to this new team.’

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