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Criminal wanted in 30 cases arrested

A 33-year-old man, who has more than 30 cases ranging from rape to rioting lodged against him in neighbouring Uttar Pradesh and a cash reward of Rs 25,000 on his head, has been arrested by the Special Cell, the Delhi police said on Monday.

delhi Updated: Jan 31, 2011 23:29 IST
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A 33-year-old man, who has more than 30 cases ranging from rape to rioting lodged against him in neighbouring Uttar Pradesh and a cash reward of Rs 25,000 on his head, has been arrested by the Special Cell, the Delhi police said on Monday.

“The man has been identified as Istkar, alias Pradhan, a resident of Dhaulana village in UP’s Ghaziabad. He was arrested from his hideout in south Delhi’s Mahipalpur Extension on a tip off yesterday,” said Arun Kampani, deputy commissioner of police (special cell).

According to police, Istkar had refused to go down without a fight and there was a mior confrontation between him and the Special Cell team dispatched to arrest him from his L-block residence. He is currently in the custody of the UP Police.

“While he had been arrested in 31 cases ranging from rape and even rioting, he was yet to be arrested in three cases of rioting, attempt to murder, Goonda Act and the Gangster Act, bringing the total number of cases that he was wanted in to 34. It is for his involvement in these offences that the UP Police had declared a reward of R25,000 on his head,” DCP Kampani said.

The reward money will now be claimed by the Special Cell team that nabbed him.

Police said Iftkar had become a menace to society especially in the year 2007.

“Even after he was earlier arrested for his involvement in 31 cases, in 2007, he raped one Bimala, a Harijan from his village, killed one Anees and his wife of village Nihali, and later killed one Shabbir Thekedar and even killed his rival, Aarif Thekedar in DLF Colony Ghaziabad, in broad day light shortly afterwards,” DCP Kampani added.

Police said the UP Police had announced a cash reward for Iftkar’s apprehension the fourth time consecutively as he would escape each time after committing an offence and would not attend the trial court.