Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Killer of Haryana village sarpanch arrested

New Delhi, Jul 27 (PTI) A 30-year-old man, who was absconding after allegedly shooting dead a village sarpanch in neighbouring Gurgaon a month ago in broad daylight, was arrested here, police said today.Sanjay, against whom Haryana Police had declared a reward of Rs 50,000, was apprehended from Rohini yesterday on a tip off, Ashok Chand, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime), said.On June 23, Rakesh, the headman of Hayatpur village, was shot dead and enraged villagers had retaliated by thrashing and burning alive one of the attackers.Sanjay told the police that he and his brother Rakesh had a long standing dispute with Rakesh."In 2009, the sarpanch had got a case of attempt to murder registered against Sanjay and his brother Rakesh in Gurgaon. About three weeks before the incident, both the parties had again fought each other. This time too, the sarpanch had got criminal proceedings instituted against Rakesh and Sanjay," Chand said.This provoked the brothers and they allegedly decided to murder Rakesh. "They hired Praveen of Muzaffarnagar to kill the sarpanch. Praveen was promised Rs one lakh. After committing the crime, Praveen was caught by the villagers and killed. His associate managed to escape," Chand said.Sanjay is a vegetable supplier in Azadpur Sabzi Mandi, who got his supplies from Hapur. His brother Rakesh, who is absconding, is a property dealer in Gurgaon.Sanjay has a criminal history and five criminal cases have been registered against him in Haryana. He has been declared a proclaimed offender in three of these cases, Chand said.


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