The Delhi Police on Wednesday said they had arrested a second suspect allegedly involved in a foiled plan to kill Pakistani-Canadian writer Tarek Fatah (pictured above), PTI reported on Thursday. Naseem alias Rizwan, 28, is a sharp-shooter and a suspected aide of gangster Chhota Shakeel.

Naseem was arrested in northeast Delhi’s Jafrabad locality. The police said he had been on the run since June, when their Special Cell booked him and another suspect – Junaid Chaudhary – for the conspiracy to kill the writer, the Hindustan Times reported.

Chaudhary was arrested in June.

On Tuesday, the police said they got a tip-off that Naseem would be in Jafrabad, according to PTI. He tried to flee when he saw the police approach, but he was caught after a chase. Officers seized a pistol, four live cartridges and Rs 1.98 lakh from him.

Naseem told the police that Shakeel had spoken to him twice after hiring him to kill Fatah, the Hindustan Times quoted Deputy Commissioner of Police (North East) AK Singla as saying. Singla said Shakeel had promised Naseem good money for the work. “He also guided him about Fatah’s travel plans and told him to target the writer when he was in Delhi,” the senior officer added.