Aftab Alam had been working for the former MP since 1998 and has allegedly been involved in two dozen cases of murder and robbery
Aftab Alam, the sharp shooter of Shahabuddin, who had been working for the former MP since 1998, has been arrested by Crime Branch of Delhi Police. Alam has allegedly been involved in two dozen cases of murder and robberies.
Mohammad Shahabuddin's arrested sharp shooter Aftab Alam at PHQ, in New Delhi, on Sunday
DCP (Crime) Ashok Chand said he was arrested on October 3 by a branch official following a tip-off. Bihar Police had also declared a reward of Rs 20,000 on his arrest. The official said Alam had been absconding since 1998.
"He came to Delhi to visit his relatives in Jamia Nagar. He was about to return to Bihar when the Crime Branch team received a tip off. A team of senior police officials was then formed to nab him.
The team conducted a raid and arrested Alam near Old Delhi Railway Station. A 9 mm pistol, along with four live cartridges, was recovered from his possession," said the police official.
During interrogation, Alam told the police official that he committed his first robbery in 1990 when he was only a 14-year-old.
He came in contact with Shahabuddin in 1998 and became his close associate. Alam then started working for Shahabuddin as his sharp shooter and killed several of his rivals.
The official said Shahabuddin wanted to take control over a monastery in Dhanouti in Mujahida village in Bihar. Aftab shot dead 11 persons in a single day, who were against Shahabuddin, in this pursuit.
"Four persons were from the Muslim community while seven others were from the Yadav community," said the police official.
"In 2004, Alam and his associates shot dead Harender Bhagat in front of Siwan Court as he objected to the alleged booth capturing by the associates of Shahabuddin during the Lok Sabha elections," the official said.
In 2002, again at the instance of Shahabuddin, Alam abducted Ashok Kumar Sahu, a resident of Panchrukhi, Siwan from a market.
They came in an Armada Jeep and abducted him. He was then taken to Shahabuddin's house in Pratappur, where he was killed and his body was buried in the field.