NEW DELHI: A day after nabbing one of Delhi’s most wanted gangster Pradeep Solanki, the Delhi Police arrested five other members of his gang on Wednesday. The five, police said, featured in the most-wanted list.
The gangsters were arrested after a brief encounter in which at least six rounds were fired. One of the bullets, police said hit an assistant sub inspector but the officer survived because of his bullet proof vest.
The five, police said, were involved in cases of murder, attempt to murder, extortion and robbery etc. One of the five, Manjeet Khandewala, was wanted in the murder of former Najafgarh MLA Bharat Singh.
DCP (special cell) Sanjeev Yadav said that Solanki was arrested on Monday. On his interrogation, he revealed the names of his associates Pradeep Rathi, Ashok Gehlot, Satender Bhinda , Sumit and Manjeet Khandelwal.
“Rathi and Gehlot were Solanki’s close associates. Together they have been involved in many murders. Apart from murder, they were involved in extortion and car-jacking cases in various areas of Dwarka. Bhinda and Sumit assisted them in these extortion cases and various other cases. Another arrested member, Manjeet Khandewala, was also wanted in the murder case of Bharat Singh,” he said.
Yadav said Khandewala had a reward of Rs 50,000 on his head.
Explaining the circumstances of their arrest, police said they had received information about the gang members travelling from Bakkarwala village to Najafgarh.
Our team of 15 officers barricaded the road between the two places. As per the information, the vehicle was a white Fortuner car. On seeing the car, our men surrounded the car.
“When we asked them to surrender, they left the vehicle and ran. They fired at the police and one of the bullets hit ASI Krishan. The police team also fired at them and after a bit of a struggle, they were arrested,” said Yadav.