Caterer was killed over unpaid wages

Jun 11, 2012, 06:44 IST | Akela

Cops solve four-month-old murder case with the arrest of an employee who along with two others stabbed the victim over the non-payment of his salary and dues

A catering business owner’s unfair ploy of holding on to his employees by not paying them full salaries was the reason he was murdered by one of his employees, said cops. According to Crime Branch (unit II) officials, Parmeshwar Govind Naidu alias Swami (65) never paid his employees in full. Frustrated with this, Mohammed Vazir Khule Khan alias Nizam along with two other employees killed him on February 12. 

After a four-month hunt, police nabbed Nizam while selling juice at a stall in Govindpuri area in Delhi on June 8. “Swami would not pay his employees for long durations fearing they would leave their jobs once paid. Fed up with his attitude Nizam killed him. We arrested him from Delhi,” said Avinash Kavthekar, assistant police inspector, Crime Branch (unit II).

During interrogation Nizam told the police that his employer Swami would provide them with good food to eat and accommodation, but would never pay their dues on time. He promised them Rs 150 per day, but gave them only Rs 20 to Rs 50 daily for the job they did. When the employees demanded their pay, Swami would abuse and threaten them.

Nizam in his confession to the police is reported to have told Kavthekar, “Saheb mujhse galti ho gayi. Mujhe paise ki zarurat thi. Maine gusse aur sharab ke nashe me uska murder kar diya (I needed the money. I was drunk and killed him in a fit of rage).” On February 23, 2012, Nizam and two other employees are alleged to have killed Swami with a knife at Panjrapole lane, Chira Bazar.

VP Marg police had then registered a murder case against unknown persons. When Kavthekar was handed the case, he interrogated more than 200 workers from the catering business. During the course of investigations, he found that one employee Nizam was missing. A police team then rushed to Nizam’s native place in Uttar Pradesh where his parents told the police team that Nizam had come home, but after 10 days he left without informing them. They told the officers that earlier he was residing in Delhi.

Kavthekar along with his subordinates Vilas Chavhan, Vikram Mohite, Prakash Sawant, Santosh Shelar and Ganesh Dicholkar then went to the Capital, and after three days of search finally nabbed the accused. Police are still looking for the other two employees.  

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