NEW DELHI -- More than a month after they went missing, the police on Tuesday recovered the bodies of property dealer Munawwar Hassan's wife and two daughters from a village in Meerut, after they were allegedly killed at the behest of his business partner.
The accused, Sahib Khan alias Bunty (27), had got Hassan, his wife and four children killed in order to take over the latter's property worth over Rs two crore. Bunty was arrested along with three men who had carried out the killings.
The bodies of Hassan's two sons were buried in Bunty's office in north Delhi's Burari. They were dug out yesterday after a confession by the accused, the police said.
A Delhi Police team reached Meerut yesterday to recover the bodies of Hassan's wife and two daughters.
The police said the bodies were exhumed from near a dried-up river in Daurala village today. A DNA and forensic examination will be carried out to confirm their identities.
The police said that Bunty, who started hatching the conspiracy in Janury, has shown no remorse over the killings.
The family used to trust him and he would often visit them. The main accused also paid visits to Hassan, who was lodged in Tihar Jail after being convicted in a rape case in January, and would bring him news of his family.
Hassan was released on interim bail on May 17 as his wife Sonia and four children, Aqib, Shaqib, Arzoo and Arshi, had been "missing" since April 18.
The gory incident came to light when the body of 45- year-old Hassan with gunshot injuries was found at his residence in Burari on May 20 after Bunty informed the police about his death.
Finding contradictions in Bunty's statements, the police quizzed him further, following which he revealed that he had the entire family killed.
Bunty had been instrumental in getting Hassan out on interim bail. After he got bail, Hassan had been visiting him every morning, police said.
Bunty was known to Hassan and his family for many years.
He was the deceased's confidant and business partner.
Bunty told the police that on April 20, he took Hassan's wife and daughters to their relative's house in Saharanpur.
While returning to Delhi, he killed them with the help of a contract killer.
On April 22, when Hassan's sons reached Bunty's office in Burari to inquire about their mother and sisters, they were also killed and their bodies were buried there.
Two more contract killers are involved in the case and a manhunt has been launched to nab them.
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