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Man arrested for plotting attack on mother to blackmail relative

Accused wanted to reclaim mortgaged property: police

A man has been arrested for allegedly conspiring to implicate three persons in a murder case as he wanted to reclaim a mortgaged property from his distant relative, in south-west Delhi’s Sagarpur, the police said on Tuesday.

‘Marriage expenses’

Prakash hired three persons to shoot at his mother to make it look like “an attempt to murder”, they said. He also roped in his niece, Mohini, in the conspiracy by “promising to bear all expenses for her marriage if she helped”, the police added.

On June 21, a PCR call was received that a woman was shot at outside a temple in Sagarpur. A team reached the spot and took the injured, Mahendri, to a nearby hospital.

She had sustained a bullet injury in the stomach, the police said.

“Mohini said she was with Mahendri during the incident and named three persons — Saman, Anil and Kuldeep — as accused,” said an officer.

Mohini, who is also an eyewitness in a murder case of her paternal grandmother that happened in 2014 in Meerut, said the same accused tried to kill Mahendri. The three accused are out on bail now, the police said.

During the investigation, the police scanned CCTV footage of the area and also sent a team to Meerut to check the whereabouts of three persons.

In the footage, the suspects seen did not match the descriptions of the three accused named by Mohini and the police got suspicious. “Even the mobile location of all of them did not corroborate their presence in Delhi. We then questioned Mohini again,” the officer said.

She confessed to her involvement in the conspiracy hatched by her maternal uncle. Following this, Prakash was nabbed and during interrogation he said he roped in his two brothers-in-law and a man in the plan.

In 2004, his parents had taken a loan against the agricultural land from a distant relative in Meerut for his marriage. When he wanted to get the land back, the two sides got into a fight and the three accused shot Prakash’s mother-in-law.

False charges

“He wanted to implicate the three accused for ‘attempt to murder’ [of his mother] and then get them arrested. He wanted to blackmail them into releasing the land,” said an officer. Deputy Commissioner of Police (South-West) Devender Arya said Prakash and three others have been arrested under sections of attempt to murder and planning a conspiracy. Mohini has turned an approver, he added.

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