LUCKNOW: The Uttar Pradesh Special Task Force (UP STF) on Saturday arrested a sharpshooter, Irfan Sonu, in connection with the murder of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) functionary Jameel Ahmad who was shot dead in Thane district of Maharashtra on November 23, 2020.
Additional director general (ADG), Special Task Force (STF), Amitabh Yash, said Irfan told police that Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) corporator Najibullah had hired him to eliminate Ahmad.
Both Najibullah and Osama are on the run.
Irfan, who is from Gorakhpur, was arrested on Saturday from a place near Kathauta Jheel in Gomtinagar, Lucknow.
“We are still tracing other people involved in the murder. Irfan has been handed over to a crime branch team of Thane police,” the ADG added.
Narrating the sequence of events on November 2020, inspector, STF, Satyaprakash, who nabbed Irfan, said: “On the fateful day, Irfan and Osama reached a mosque in Rabodi area of Thane. As soon as Jameel stepped out of the mosque and started his motorcycle, Osama and Irfan followed him. After coming close to Jameel’s vehicle, Irfan, who was riding the pillion, shot him.”
“With the help of CCTV footage, Thane police identified the motorcycle used in the crime and arrested its owner Shahid. After committing the murder, Irfan stayed in Gorakhpur, other parts of UP and also in Nepal. He was arrested while he was planning to flee after taking money from an aide in Lucknow,” Satyaprakash added.
During interrogation, Irfan said he had used a country-made pistol to shoot Jameel and gave it to Osama after committing the crime.
According to STF, Jameel was an RTI activist and had filed some cases against Najibullah in connection with a property in Thane.