‘Feroze took flat on rent, said worked with mobile firm’


Paid Rs 18,000 in advance for three-month stay, Rs 2,000 as deposit, say agent, owner

Feroze Sayyed (38), one of the three IM suspects arrested by the Delhi police in connection with the August 1 Jangli Maharaj Road blasts had rented a flat in Kasarwadi. The real estate agent who got him the flat and its owner were picked up on Friday for questioning. Feroze had allegedly told them he was a mobile company employee working on mobile towers in the area and needed the flat for three months. The owner has said he did not insist on any agreement as the flat was for only three months.

He vacated it in about a month-and-half. Feroze had apparently taken the flat on rent around July 10 and quit four-five days after Eid-ul-Fitr on August 20.

The flat is in Keshavnagar area and not Jawalkar vasti of Kasarwadi as police had earlier believed. On Thursday, they had picked up several agents including the one picked up on Friday. As the cops were looking at flats in Jawalkar vasti, the agent could not shed any light on the flat or the owner. He and the house owner were picked up on Friday afternoon.

The agent, Gopi Parekh (42), who owns a shop at the chowk told this paper on Friday morning that Feroze had approached him in July. "Feroze said he was working on mobile towers and had come from Mumbai. He said he needed the flat for three months," Parekh said.

He took Feroze to owner Yusuf Shaikh. "Shaikh had told me he wanted to give one of his flats on rent," said Parekh.

Shaikh told Feroze to pay in advance as he wanted the flat for three months only. "Feroze two days later paid Rs 18,000 rent and Rs 2,000 security deposit in cash. There was nobody with him. A day before that, Feroze had called me on my cellphone saying he was coming to pay the amount. After some days I deleted his number as the deal was done and I was not involved anymore," said Parekh.

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