An inter-state criminal, who carries Rs 25,000 bounty in the abduction case of a Khandwa-based jeweller, was arrested on Sunday by the UP Police special task force from PM Narendra Modi’s parliamentary constituency Varanasi.
A native of Varanasi’s Nakati Bhawani village, Arun Tiwari alias Dabbu Tiwari, 45, was arrested near JP Mehta College, Uttar Pradesh STF (Varanasi Unit) inspector Vipin Rai told HT over phone.
Indore additional SP (crime) Vinay Prakash Paul said the arrest was a result of constant sharing of inputs between two police forces. “We’re sending a team to Varanasi to get Tiwari for producing him before a court in the 2013 abduction case.”
Tiwari is also wanted in some other criminal cases in Satna and other MP districts.
Tiwari was linked to inter-state criminal gangs and Chota Rajan gang also
According to UP STF, Tiwari was linked to inter-state criminal gangs and the underworld’s Chota Rajan gang also.
Wanted for auto-lifting and carjacking in Assam, Nagaland, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan among other states, Tiwari was UP police’s trusted informer in the past. He frequently changed cellphone numbers to evade surveillance.
Tiwari along with west UP’s notorious Sudhir Bhadoria gang had abducted jeweller Rajesh Jain on August 24, 2013. Posing as a NHAI official, Tiwari had trapped the jeweller into a lucrative land deal. Tiwari had conned Jain to accompany him to Indore where he handed Jain to the Sudhir Bhadoria gang.
Jain was subsequently taken to Faridabad, after which the Bhadoria gang demanded Rs 5 crore ransom from his family. On August 28, a joint team of MP and Harayana police rescued Jain from a Faridabad flat. Gang leader Sudhir Bhadoria and his three accomplices were arrested with arms, including an AK-56 rifle, and ammunition.
But Tiwari remained elusive over the last three years.
As an informer, Tiwari had helped police in Varanasi to gun down criminals in 2004-05
Once a trusted aide of contract killer Babloo Mishra in Allahabad, Tiwari speaks fluent English and knows five other languages. As a police informer, Tiwari had helped police in Varanasi to gun down criminals in 2004-05. In 2007, Tiwari promised Noida police to help nab Indian Mujahideen operative Yasin Bhatkal. He later started lifting vehicles in National Capital Region.
In 2009, Tiwari lifted a GPS-enabled MUV of Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda’s relative in Ambala. He was arrested from his Varanasi house and remained in jail till 2011-12.
Tiwari sold stolen vehicles in Northeast states and the proceeds were invested in supplying drugs and arms for mafia gangs in east UP and Bihar, police said.