New Delhi: Six persons, most of whom have
criminal past, have been arrested for allegedly robbing and
killing a freelance television journalist from Uttar Pradesh
in broad daylight here last week, police said on Wednesday.
Shahid (22), Asif (45), Shahzad Ali (22), Afroz (40),
Abdul Wahab (27) and Juber (35) were arrested from different
places in connection with the robbery-cum-murder.
The freelance TV journalist was shot dead by unidentified
assailants in north Delhi on Friday.
Police collected information regarding the passengers,
who also travelled along with him on the day of incident, as
Akram came to Delhi from Amroha in Uttar Pradesh in a bus.
After investigations, police zeroed-in on the suspects
and arrested Asif and Afroz from Amroha.
"They were interrogated at length. Initially, they
concealed the facts but on sustained interrogation, both of
them confessed their involvement along with five others and
spilled the beans," DCP (North-east district) Sanjay Kumar
During interrogation, it came to light that four of the
accused also boarded the bus with the victim and Zubair
overheard the deceased talking someone over mobile regarding
money in lakhs.
"They thought that the deceased being the son of a famous
family `Latif masalewale` might have been carrying huge money
in his bag. Asif Mullah immediately contacted his associate
Asif and asked him to come along with Danish and Shahid to
Jafrabad bus stand to rob the deceased," he said.
At the bus stand, Asif Mullah pointed out and made
gestures towards the deceased to his three associates, who
were already present there.
"Danish snatched the bag and on resistance, both fired at
the deceased and Asif Lambu`s bullet hit him. They distributed
the robbed articles among them," he said.
At the instance of Asif and Afroz, other accused were
arrested and a country-made pistol along with all robbed
articles like bag, mobile phone, gold ring, camera and watch
of the deceased have also been recovered, Jain said.
Most of the accused have had criminal background, the
police official said.