Dreaded criminal arrested
The Delhi Police on Thursday busted a gang of bus robbers and arrested 11 men. Among the arrested is the dreaded criminal Charanjeet, 40, who has 47 cases ranging from murder to robbery registered against him.delhi Updated: Apr 14, 2011 23:38 IST
The Delhi Police on Thursday busted a gang of bus robbers and arrested 11 men. Among the arrested is the dreaded criminal Charanjeet, 40, who has 47 cases ranging from murder to robbery registered against him.
“Charanjeet was the gang leader. The gang members arrested are Suraj Pal, 45, Tinku, 28, Bhagwan Das, 34, Imtiaz, 28, Mahesh Kumar, 45, Rakhi, 33, Deen Dayal, 41, Ram Chander, 45, Vinod, 33 and Inderjeet (35)," said SS Yadav, deputy commissioner of police (north).
Police said the gang was waylaid in north Delhi’s Nigambodh Ghat area when it was travelling in a white Maruti Eeco car. The police also recovered three country-made pistols with four live cartridges from them.
“The first to be nabbed was Charanjeet, the mastermind. He was arrested from Kashmere Gate early in the morning on Wednesday. His arrest and questioning led us to the others within hours,” said a senior police officer from the investigation team. Sources said the police traced the gang’s movements thanks to a mole they had been able to plant.
“An insider had been guiding us for the past three days. He had been instructed to keep his phone on silent mode and keep making references to the geographical location of the vehicle being used by the gang,” the officer said.
On Wednesday night, the gang first went to Seelampur before heading to the inter-state bus terminal at Kashmere Gate where a police team was already on standby.
“We attempted to stop them as they were passing the area but they tried to flee. We finally nabbed them after a small chase when their car crashed into a road divider,” said the officer. During questioning, Charanjeet revealed that his brother Kamaljeet and his associates, Satya Parkash, Javed, Sonu and several others were facing trial in several criminal cases in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh.
“They used to travel in cars near bus terminals and railway stations in the wee hours of morning and picked pockets or robbed people travelling in buses and autorickshaws,” Yadav said. “Charanjeet was first arrested in 1993 in a robbery case. He soon formed his own gang when his brother Kamaljeet joined him,” the DCP added.