For five years, Manoj Morkheri, one of the most wanted criminals of the national capital, had managed to give Delhi police the slip. Though the police laid a trap for him on several occasions, he always managed to evade arrest, till last month when the law finally caught up with him.
Though the arrest came after a hot chase on the streets of Delhi, officers in the raid team were left with a smile on their faces. The smile was not only for the fact that they had netted one of the most wanted criminals but also because they were going to get a share of the Rs. 3-lakh bounty on Morkheri.
The year 2013 has proved lucky for Delhi Police, whose officers have already earned R15 lakh by arresting a bunch of criminals since January this year. According to statistics, a total of 22 criminals with a bounty on their heads have been arrested since January.
Of the 22 nabbed, 12 were arrested by the Crime Branch, seven by the Special Cell, two by the district police and one by the Economic Offences Wing (EOW). In 2012, Delhi Police officers had earned around Rs. 25 lakh by arresting 56 criminals.
This year’s biggest success so, however by and less, was the arrest of Morkheri, following a shootout on March 20. Another big catch, this year was Satender alias Kala of Sonepat, Haryana. Kala was wanted for extortion and murder.
“We are proud of our officers who have shown determination in discharging their duties. The reward money is immaterial,” a Special Cell officer said.
With inputs from IANS