The assault on Chaudhary, close to the town’s central HUDCO Place, was foiled by a passing police patrol, which detained two of the four attackers in what appeared to be an incident of road rage. The August 7 attack on the chairman of the Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL), Anil Kumar Chaudhary, was not a case of road rage as originally suspected but a plot to kill him, Delhi police said on Monday after arresting two men, such as a private contractor who allegedly hired contract killers for even with the executive after a business dispute.
The assault on Chaudhary, close to the town’s central HUDCO Place, was foiled by a passing police patrol, which detained two of the four attackers in what appeared to be an incident of road rage.
But on Monday police stated that the four were hired by a private contractor from south Delhi’s Vasant Kunj area, Ashok Kumar Singh,60, through a property trader, also were promised Rs 6 lakh to kill Chaudhary. Rs two lakh of this was paid as progress, the authorities claimed.
Deputy commissioner of police (crime) G Ram Gopal Naik confirmed the arrest of Singh along with the property trader, Sunil Balara, but refused to share additional information about the situation.
The SAIL executive said he suspected it was road rage. “What happened with me that day made me suspect that it wasn’t a road rage or robbery attempt but a deep-rooted conspiracy. I’m surprised that Singh was granted bail. I hope that the authorities will unravel the whole conspiracy.”
A senior police officer, who asked not to be named, said that Singh was miffed with Chaudhary since SAIL cancelled a Rs 100 crore coal supply contract with him found that the quality of the fuel to be poor.
“Since Chaudhary refused to go through with the deal despite several encounters, Singh developed a grudge against him and intended to get him killed to overcome losses he suffered in the bargain,” added the officer.
Police stated that Singh expected SAIL would create a new chairman following Chaudhary’s departure and he’d be in a much better position to receive his contract through.
On August 7 about 10.30 pm, Chaudhary was on his way home in his Corolla Altis when a Honda City car came dangerously near his car, scraped it, and after the vehicle stopped, assaulted Chaudhary and his driver.
“The four could have murdered the SAIL chairman had two police bicycle patrolling teams that were in the region, not seen the ruckus and was able to grab two of the attacker immediately. They were attacking Chaudhary with an iron rod and a paper cutter. Chaudhary suffered multiple injuries and cuts,” said another police officer related to the case who asked not to be named.
Police found contradictions in the statements of the four guys and suspected a bigger conspiracy. Katyan revealed after he was arrested that he hired the four guys on the directions of his brother-in-law, Sunil Balara, a property dealer.
On August 27, Balara was detained and he spilled the beans. On Friday, the authorities arrested Singh from his dwelling.
Senior advocate Hariharan, who represented Singh from the court, dismissed police’s claims. He said Singh was falsely implicated in the case and police detained him only on the disclosure statements of the four detained attackers.
“The court granted bail to Singh because police failed to supply any evidence that could prove his part in the attack. The authorities originally said it was a road rage case and then maintained that the four men attacked SAIL chairman for robbery. Later, they arrested Singh and maintained that he was the owner of the company which was using a dispute with SAIL over coal deal. However, the police failed to provide proof to prove that Singh or his son would be the owner of the said company,” stated Hariharan.