Four contract killers, who allegedly committed three triple murders in Haryana in less than three years, were arrested late on Saturday night after a brief gun battle with the police near Pacific Mall in west Delhi.
Vijay Kumar, DCP (west), said the accused have revealed their involvement in 8-10 other murders, some of them for a price as high as ₹2 crore.
Their latest contract killing of alleged Haryana gangster Sandeep Badwasaniya and his two associates on February 11 in Sonipat, had fetched them ₹3-4 crore, the DCP said. Two of these four men were carrying rewards of R 50,000 each on their arrests.
The arrested men have been identified as Sushil, Amit, Sunil and Ramesh, all residents of Sonipat in Haryana. They were found carrying two pistols and 32 mobile phones at the time of their arrest.
“These contract killers carried out ‘high value’ killings. We are verifying their past records and the details of their involvement in the three triple murders and 8-10 other contract killings,” said the DCP.
The four men were allegedly planning a crime in the national capital when the west Delhi police received a tip-off about their presence in the district. “They had come to Delhi to kill someone with connections in Haryana,” said Dependra Pathak, special CP.
A team was immediately formed and a trap laid near Pacific Mall in Subhash Nagar. At 11.55 pm, a white Fortuner car of the description provided by the informer was seen heading towards Gauri Shankar Temple in Khyala from the traffic signal in Subhash Nagar. There were six persons inside.
When the policemen tried to stop the car, the occupants of the SUV allegedly fired at least thrice and rammed the police barricades. The police returned the fire and nabbed the suspects after a brief chase, but the alleged gang leader, Vicky, and one other person managed to escape. No one was hurt in the brief gun battle.
During their interrogation, the accused allegedly confessed to their involvement in three triple murders, one each in the last three years. The Haryana Police have been informed about the arrests.