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Zaveri killers invested booty in realty: Cops

Comments Off on Zaveri killers invested booty in realty: Cops   |   February 6, 2014    07:34am   |Contributed by manoja

AHMEDABAD: Killers of bullion trader Hitesh Zaveri may have invested the spoils of their robberies in real estate business in Uttar Pradesh and Delhi and also to finance the political career of wife of one of the gang members.

City police on Monday said that since January 2013, the same gang of robbers had been involved in at least two other armed robberies within city limits. Total cash robbed in three incidents, including loot-murder of Zaveri, amounts to Rs 1.52 crore. The city cops have so far recovered Rs 45 lakh. “Just days before their arrest, on January 28, Rs 55 lakh was shifted out from the city by one of the main accused Kafeel Jehaju,” said a police investigator. Two of the accused – Vijendra and Ikram alias Langoor – are still at large.

“We are investigating into the possibility that a portion of the loot may have been invested in real estate deals. Wife of one of the accused Aqueel Jehaju, is a member of Samajwadi Party in UP. There is a possibility that some of money was used by her too,” said a police official who is part of the investigating team.

On Monday, the city crime branch officials said that they have recovered Rs 5 lakh and four pistols along with 22 cartridges. “During interrogation, Kafeel confessed that he had hidden the arms and ammunitions – one 7.62 bore pistol, three country-made pistols and 22 cartridges – behind Rahman’s house in Juhapura. We dug up the arms and ammunitions and also found Rs 5 lakh cash hidden in Rahman’s house,” said joint commissioner of police, crime branch, A K Sharma.

Three gang members – brothers Aqueel Ahmed Jehaju, a resident of Bulandshahr, Uttar Pradesh, and Kafeel, a resident of Delhi, along with Zabur Rahman, a resident of Fatewadi, Juhapura – were arrested on Sunday. While the brothers were brought from Delhi, Kafeel’s brother-in-law Rahman was nabbed from Juhapura. Cops had recovered Rs 40 lakh and a 7.65 mm pistol along with two cartridges.

On January 15, Zaveri, owner of J K Bullion at Manek Chowk, was robbed of Rs 1.09 crore by three bike-borne men when he went to State Bank of India’s branch near Shivranjani flyover. Some passersby rushed to his help when he was being attacked. The robbers then took out guns and fired six rounds at Zaveri and two others. Zaveri was killed in the incident.


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