Dogs had their day when Bunty was shot dead in a police encounter earlier this week.
Apprehensive that stray dogs in the area may set off an alarm for Bunty, the police had fed them with expensive “chicken-flavoured popcorn”.
After the police had zeroed in on Bunty’s hideout in Saurabh Vihar near Badarpur, the police bought several packets of “chicken-flavoured popcorn” to manage the dogs.
“When we received information that Bunty and Rajesh were hiding in a godown at Saurabh Vihar, the first thing we were apprehensive about were the dogs. There are a lot of stray dogs in the area and we feared they would start barking once they saw so many strangers (policemen) around,” said a senior police officer.
The police said they went to Al Bake, a restaurant in New Friends Colony, and bought about ten packets of the popcorn.
“As soon as we fed the dogs, they stopped barking and it made our job easier,” said the officer. There were about twenty dogs in the area, said the police.
The police decided to act with extreme caution because they were aware of Bunty’s habit of waking up at even the slightest noise.
Bunty was the first choice for Arun Gupta’s murder
Raghav Verma (32) who was arrested on Wednesday for harbouring Bunty and Rajesh Sharma at DK Mittal’s godown told the police that initially Bunty was approached for eliminating Arun Gupta.
DK Mittal, the scion of Mittal Garden farmhouse, had approached Raghav who worked as a cook and looked after his catering business, in January to kill his brother-in-law Arun Gupta.
“Raghav was in touch with Bunty who had come out of jail in December last year. Bunty did not have enough weapons so the plan could not materialise,” said the officer.
Raghav had the keys of the godown and he stayed with Bunty on Saturday night as well. The police would question Mittal on Friday to know more details about the case.