Mumbai: The police Thursday arrested three persons, including a builder and a hired contract killer from Uttar Pradesh, in connection with the murder of the president of Juna Masjid Trust.
Builder Mohammed Farooq Siddique, labour contractor Ramzan Shaikh and Mohammed Hussain, a history sheeter from UP, were arrested after they confessed to their role in the murder of Juna Masjid Trust`s president Akhtar Hussain Ansari who was shot dead on February 14 near Dockyard railway station, the police said.
"Siddique and Ansari were involved in a property dispute, following which the former hired Hussain through Ramzan to eliminate Ansari," Joint Police Commissioner (Crime) Himanshu Roy said.
According to the police, Ansari owned a 9,000 square feet plot in Mumbra and in 2006 had approached Siddique to develop 4500 sq ft of the plot. Ansari and Siddique had decided to share the developed property in ratio of 30 percent and 70 percent.
"The property was developed as per the agreement and shared between the duo. Ansari again asked Siddique to develop the remaining 4,500 sq ft, following which the latter started construction work. This time, the ratio of developed property was to be shared at 26 percent and 64 percent respectively," Roy said. The police said the duo did not prepare any document of the deal. Siddique requested Ansari repeatedly to prepare the documents but the latter did not pay any heed to it," Roy said.
However, the deceased began demanding increased share of 30 percent in the developed properly rather that the 26 percent initially agreed to, Roy said.
"After Siddique disagreed for the same, Ansari told him that he would complain to the civic body saying his property was being developed illegally," Roy said.
This annoyed Siddique, who, along with his friend Ramzan, conspired to kill Ansari. Ramzan hired Hussain who has several cases registered against him in UP and had been hiding in Bhiwandi in neighbouring Thane district.
"Siddique gave Rs three lakh to Ramzan to hire a contract killer. Ramzan then hired Hussain, who, along with his aide, shot Ansari dead at Dockyard road on February 14 and escaped on a bike," Roy said.
The trio would be produced before a local court tomorrow, he said adding one more accused in the case was still at large.