The Agacaim police, on Tuesday, informed that they have arrested one more person — Aniket Deepak Vellurkar, a native of Belgaum, from Betim, in connection with the murder of Hassan Khan from Taleigao.
The police said that Vellurkar acted as a middleman between Rajkumar alias Raj Patel from Bihar and the supari killers Anil Bhoe, Arun Patil, Ravi Patil and Shivaji Patil, adding the killers stayed at a Miramar hotel for five days and after meticulously planning, killed Hassan and then fled from the scene of the crime.
The police further said that Robert Gonsalves and Rajkumar Patel hatched the conspiracy to kill Hassan after there arose business rivalry between Robert and the builder.
The full contract was agreed for Rs 7 lakh and Rs 2 lakh were to be paid as an advance while the rest Rs 5 lakh were assured to be paid within 10 days after the commissioning of the crime, the police added.
Rajkumar was working as a contractor with the builder Robert, who contacted Vellurkar and in turn Vellurkar contacted the killers in Belgaum and everything was planned after they came down to state and stayed at a hotel in Miramar for five days, the police informed.
They came to the state on March 17 and stayed till March 20, the police pointed out, adding they approached Hassan on the pretext of buying a car, and was even called near hotel Green Park on way to Mapusa on Tuesday night but was spared as he was accompanied by some of his relatives.
Then on the fateful night Rajkumar dropped the killers at Taleigao in a WagonR and told them to ring him up after killing Hassan, the police said adding they approached Hassan on the pretext of a test ride of the car.
On the way to Bambolim in the car, there was a scuffle between the killers and the deceased, the police informed adding in the fight, one of the killers sustained knife (kukri) injury on a hand.
After killing Hassan, they rang up Robert who arranged a vehicle to drop them to Belgaum, the police informed.
The police team, led by the police inspector from Panaji town police station, Mr Rajendra Prabhudessai, and comprising of PSI, Mr Dinesh Dessai, head constable, Mr Chandra Shekhar Amonkar, police constables, Mr Nitin Gaonkar, Mr Tirthraj Mhammal and Mr Rajesh managed to nab the culprits from Belgaum and Kolhapur and brought them to the state within just 72 hours. The investigation is still in progress. [NT]