A manhunt has been launched in Delhi, Haryana, Punjab and neighbouring states to arrest alleged gangster Vikram alias Paras, who fled from police custody with sophisticated weapons after drugging four police personnel.
Vikram decamped with four MP5 sub-machine guns and 15 cartridges, and the policemen escorting the gangster have been placed under suspension for "negligent behaviour".
According to the police, the incident came to light on Wednesday around 2am when a PCR call was received that a policeman was lying unconscious in a parking lot of the old Delhi railway station.
When a police team reached the spot, two more policemen were found unconscious at the platform, while a fourth one was found wandering around the railway station, searching for Vikram in a dazed state.
The four policemen head constable Dinesh and constables Mir Singh, Ajay and Ramesh, belonging to the third battalion of the Delhi police, had taken the 27-year-old alleged gangster to Bathinda on December 22.
He was produced in a court on December 23 there and then produced in another court in Punjab on December 24.
The policemen, along with Vikram, then left Bathinda for Delhi by train at 2pm on Tuesday.
A senior police official of the third battalion, who spoke to the four policemen after they came out of the drug influence, said, "They claimed that they had bought two bottles of juice and some mixture from Bathinda, which they consumed when the train reached Rohtak. Afterwards, they fell unconscious and do not remember anything. They have been suspended for negligent behaviour and further investigations are on."
A manhunt has been launched to nab Vikram, with several teams of the Crime Branch and the special cell of the Delhi Police on the lookout for him. The teams are raiding his suspected hideouts in Delhi, Haryana, Punjab and other neighbouring states.
"We have registered a case of drugging, escaping police custody, robbery with intention to cause death and obstructing and attacking policemen against Vikram. It seems that he fled somewhere between Rohtak and Delhi," deputy commissioner of police (railways) Sanjay Bhatia told PTI.
Vikram was once a close aide of Neetu Dabodia alias Surender Malik, who was killed along with two of his associates in an encounter here by the special cell on October 24.
Last year in July, he had fled from the custody of the Punjab Police, who had brought him to produce in the Rohini court after luring the accompanying policemen by buying them branded shoes from a high-end showroom.
He landed in the police net again in March this year when he was nabbed by the special cell.