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Murder of 27-yr-old businessman in Ghaziabad: ‘Cops deployed for security not present at the time of incident’

Incidentally, two head constables had been deployed by Ghaziabad Police for Malik’s security following his brother’s murder last year.

Nearly two days after a 27-year-old businessman, Arshi Malik, was shot dead, the door to his flat remained closed with two police personnel at the door. On Friday night, Malik, was taking a stroll inside ATS apartment premises in Ghaziabad’s Indirapuram area, when he was killed allegedly by five men. The police are yet to arrest the accused.

Incidentally, two head constables had been deployed by Ghaziabad Police for Malik’s security following his brother’s murder last year. However, when Malik was attacked, the constables were not on duty, said his younger brother, Moin. The two police constables were suspended Saturday.

According to Malik’s family, he left the flat at about 11.30 pm Friday for a walk and minutes later they heard gun shots. They tried to reach Malik on his mobile phone. Moin’s family started calling his number in desperation and later, Moin went downstairs looking for him. “I found him lying near the badminton court near our tower,” Moin said.

Malik was rushed to hospital with 4 to 5 bullet injuries and was declared “brought dead” by the hospital authorities, police said. According to his brothers, the accused lived in the adjoining tower and fled after the attack. The family also accused Kale, who was allegedly behind the murder of Malik’s 17-year-old brother in January last year, of being involved.

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The accused allegedly demanded Rs 50 lakh as protection money from Malik which he refused to pay. “After that, he threatened to kill my brother,” said Iqbal, another brother of the victim. Malik reportedly paid Rs 12.5 lakh following which his family left Pasonda. While some settled in Delhi, others came to Indirapuram.

“After moving here also we started getting calls from Kale asking us to pay Rs 20 lakh more,” Iqbal said. In January, while Malik sustained gunshot injuries during an attack, his 17-year-old brother was shot dead.

Meanwhile, a case of murder has been registered against five persons — Aslam, Akram, Arif, Kale and Sohail — at Indirapuram police station . “We are going through CCTV footage in the area. The absence of two police constables is also being looked into. No arrests have been made so far,” a senior police officer said.

First published on: 14-03-2016 at 01:34:27 am
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