Abu Salem's aide Gajendra Singh

New Delhi: Notorious gangster Abu Salem’s close aide Gajendra Singh, who worked in his illegal property business, was arrested by the Special Task Force (STF) of Uttar Pradesh Police, said officials on Thursday.

Salem was the prime accused in the 1993 Mumbai blasts and was a well-known gangster in Mumbai during the 1990s.

His aide Singh was nabbed by UP Police in Mumbai on the night of Wednesday for involvement in illegal property business in Delhi-NCR.

“Gajendra Singh had taken Rs 1.80 crore from a Delhi-based businessman in 2014 in a property-related case. When he was pressured to return the money, Singh had Khan Mubarak’s shooters open fire at the businessman in sector 18 of Noida,” said Additional Superintendent of Police, STF, Raj Kumar Mishra.

The businessman narrowly escaped the shootout as he was in his car during the incident, said officials.

According to STF, Singh paid shooters Rs 10 lakh to assassinate the businessman and the money trail of the transaction led to his arrest.

“Gajendra Singh also invested Abu Salem and Khan Mubarak’s money into properties in Delhi-NCR,” added the officer from STF.

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