Evidence indicates supari killing: Superintendent of Police
The Bidar police have said they have solved the murder of Rohan Patil, president of the BJP’s city unit, here on Saturday.
Patil died on the spot when a lorry hit him while he was on his morning walk near his house on October 11.
“Ravi Swamy and M. Riyaz, members of the City Municipal Council, are involved in the murder of Mr. Patil,” N. Satish Kumar, Superintendent of Police, told presspersons.
“The two CMC members were trying to grab land around Bidar and sell them by fabricating documents. Patil had opposed it and they suffered losses. That is why they decided to kill him. They hired some persons from Bidar and Visakhapatnam to kill Patil,” he said.
“First we registered an accident case, but investigations revealed a well-planned conspiracy. We have enough evidence to say that it is a supari killing,” Mr. Kumar said.
“The council members gave a contract to Sheikh Khaja, Wasim, Habib, Imran and Sarvar Khan, all from Bidar, Sheikh Khayum Machakuri of Visakhapatnam and M. Shakeel from Rajeshwar in Basavakalyan taluk. Some of the accused are wanted in connection with criminal complaints in various police stations in the district. Khaja and Khayum were arrested on Saturday,” Mr. Kumar said.
“The CMC members and the contract killers had planned the killing to the last detail. They decided to crush Patil under a lorry. They thought that he was well built and could resist an attack. They also had a plan B. They were following the lorry in two vehicles. If Patil had not died in the impact, they planned to attack him. We have seized the lorry, the two vehicles and the weapons they carried,” Mr. Kumar said.
“The lorry was abandoned at the murder spot, while the vehicles and weapons, including an imported gun, were seized from Riyaz’s house. The two CMC members are absconding. While Riyaz faces charges in 11 cases, including two murder cases and one attempt to murder, Swamy faces two cases, including a murder case. Special teams have been formed to arrest the accused,” he said.
“The police will work with the district administration to control the land mafia that is slowly building up in the city,” Mr. Kumar said.
A special cell to handle such cases has been formed at the district police office. Based on a complaint regarding the fabrication of documents, police had interrogated a retired tahsildar and registered a case.
Deputy Commissioner P.C. Jaffer had promised to form a special team to identify the involvement of government officials in such cases and punish the accused, he said.
The Superintendent of Police urged residents of the district to file a complaint with the cell regarding such disputes without fear.
“The police will guarantee the safety of the complainants and the witnesses,” he added.