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Private contractor held for hatching plan to attack SAIL CMD

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New Delhi: Delhi Police’s Crime Branch has nabbed a private contractor for hatching the plan to kill Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) Chairman Anil Kumar Chaudhary. This is the second arrest by the Delhi Police since an attack on Chaudhary last month.

The SAIL CMD was on his way to his residence from office when he was attacked with rods. He had sustained severe injuries on his head, neck, knees and legs.

Why was SAIL CMD targeted?

The suspect hatched the plan to kill the CMD because the latter had rejected “poor quality” coal supplied by his son’s US-based company, the police said. The coal was supplied under a Rs 100-crore deal signed in 2018 between SAIL and the US-based company of Singh’s son.

The police said that Singh told them SAIL had paid the first instalment of Rs 30 crore but cancelled the deal later because it was dissatisfied with the quality of the coal sample supplied. Upset over the cancellation, Singh hatched the plan, along with an associate, to exact revenge.

What’s the current status of arrests?

Ashok Kumar Singh was arrested from his residence in southwest Delhi’s Vasant Kunj on Friday, said Ram Gopal Naik, Deputy Commissioner of Police (crime).
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Another five people have been arrested by the local police. Singh’s associate, Sunil Balhara, a property dealer, has also been nabbed in connection with the murder attempt. “Initially, it was suspected to be a case of road rage. However, the investigation revealed that it was a planned attack,” a senior police officer said.

‘It was a conspiracy to kill me’

“I have been maintaining my stand that this was not a case of robbery or road rage but a conspiracy to kill me. And it has been proved with their arrest. I am still recovering. I have received internal injuries. It may take a month although I have joined office,” the SAIL CMD said.

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