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Murder bid foiled as police nab hitmen

Murder bid foiled as police nab hitmen

11 Aug 2017 No comment 44 hits

Panaji: Crime branch of Goa police on Friday arrested a team of contract killers hired to eliminate Gajendra 'Chotu' Singh, a UP native running restaurants in the state, over a financial dispute. The crime branch has retrieved 6 country-made pistols and 26 live bullets from the hotel rooms of the hired killers.

Crime branch superintendent of police (SP) Karthik Kashyap told REPORTERS that the contract to kill Gajendra was put out by Ravikant Yadav, a native of UP, and Gajendra's erstwhile business associate.

Kashyap said that following a tip-off, two of the contract killers — Sushil 'Vijay' Kumar, native of Haryana, and Ashok Sutar, native of Maharashtra — were arrested from Anjuna and Calangute.

The conspiracy to kill Gajendra was hatched in Delhi between Yadav, Yadav's manager Vipin Singh and the main contract killer, Kashyap said.

The hitmen were paid around Rs 6 lakh for the job, the SP said.

"We are investigating a Delhi angle and trying to find out how much money was paid to the main 'supari' contractor," he said.

Yadav, Vipin and one more shooter remained untraceable, Kashyap added.

The conspiracy came to light after the an insider informed Gajendra about the plan, who in turn informed the crime branch, Kashyap said.

Based on the information, police constituted teams and conducted searches of hotels at Mapusa, Calangute and Anjuna, where the accused were found to be staying on fake IDs, the crime branch SP said, adding that a 10-15 minute delay meant that the accused would have left the hotel to execute their mission.

A couple of years ago Gajendra and Yadav had a business falling out, Kashyap said, adding that both had filed a number of threatening complaints against each other at the Calangute police station in the last few years. Yadav owed Gajendra Rs 25 lakh, Kashyap said.

Three day ago, the four hitmen arrived in Goa from Delhi, Kashyap said. They conducted a recce of Gajendra's properties, place of residence and his movements and decided to execute the hit at his restaurant in Anjuna, the crime branch SP added.

Gajendra has three restaurants in Anjuna and one at Calangute.

The case have been registered under various Sections of the Arms Act.

Police sub-inspector Laxshi Amonkar is investigating the case.

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