Amritpal Sachdeva built his prosperous empire of crime with the help of small-time criminals in neighbouring Uttar Pradesh over the past decade, police said on Thursday.
One of the senior police officers interrogating the 57-year-old builder who was responsible for the deaths of 70 people, said: "Although Sachdeva hasn't named any local police officers who were in cahoots with him, he has revealed his links with two highway robbers from whom he used to procure items ranging from clothes and vegetables to iron and copper products."
His contacts are two Bulandshaher-based criminals identified as Karan Pehalwan and Sunil Bhati. "He had been arrested three times in 2003 for his association with Pehalwan and Bhati. While the duo and their associates used to rob trucks carrying various items passing through Bulandshaher, Sachdeva would procure and smuggle them to his cement storage facility in Delhi's Ghazipur. He would then push them through local street markets," the officer said.
Sachdeva was first arrested for procuring stolen items from the duo in UP's Mainpuri, then in Firozabad and finally in Kanpur in 2003.
"He seems to have dabbled in almost every sort of crime defined in the Indian Penal Code (IPC). Starting out in early 1976, he used to smuggle illicit liquor till 1980. For the next 18 years, that is, till 1998, he was involved in the making and selling of spurious cement. He then made his foray into the building industry to go legit in late 2003," said the officer.
According to sources, Sachdeva led a more or less inconspicuous existence till 2007, owing to the massive fortune that close to three decades of crime helped him amass.
"He already had the necessary capital that he needed to set himself up as a builder. Till date, he has constructed about 21 buildings in the national capital region and decided to live off the rent that his properties accrued," the officer said.
Police said they will not launch any internal inquiry against the policemen that Sachdeva would name during the course of investigation. "We will not be in a position to launch an internal inquiry as it is difficult to ascertain culpability due to lack of proper records. Besides, it is the civic agencies' prerogative to look into whether any complaint about the structure was filed," the officer added. Sachdeva will be produced in court on Friday.
Sachdeva's illicit affairs behind daughter's suicide
She ended her life when she realised that her father is a criminal with seemingly no notions of morality left in him.
In early 2007, Amritpal Singh Sachdeva's 22-year-old daughter committed suicide by hanging herself at her in-laws' house, allegedly depressed at her father's liaisons with women outside his marriage, sources said.
"Rinky had been married for only six months or so and was depressed at the constant taunts about her father's shady rise in life that her in-laws used to subject her to. She was so depressed that she killed herself. But at that time the incident was attributed to marital discord," said a senior police officer, wishing to remain anonymous.
Sources said what had added to the young bride's woes were rumours of her father's fetish for younger women whom he allegedly used to keep mistresses for his pleasure with his fortune.
"She was further depressed because of rumours that her father was romantically involved with three to four women simultaneously. She was running out of excuses and the will power to survive any longer," the officer said.
An officer, who had handed over Rinky's body to her father at a government hospital after the post mortem examination, said the father was unmoved, signed on the requisite papers and drove away.