A property dealer who allegedly got himself shot at by people hired by him in a bid to frame a business rival was arrested on Monday, a day after he was brought from Mumbai by a police team.
Anup Kumar Juneja (35) was caught on Saturday at Mumbai airport by immigration authorities on his return from Nepal. After flying down from Nepal, he was allegedly trying to leave for another destination when he was nabbed on a tip-off, the police said. Juneja is named in at least 48 cases of snatching, bank robbery and land grabbing in the New Delhi.
"We have placed him under arrest today. He stage-managed the incident in which he was shot at. He wanted to frame a property dealer and extort money from him. For this, he hired two men from Meerut. A case of criminal conspiracy has been registered against him," a senior police official said.
Juneja had fled from a city hospital where he was undergoing treatment after being shot at on March 21. He has over 40 cases pending against him.
He allegedly received Rs 1.5 crore through a hawala transaction from Dubai for a contract killing recently.
Juneja has also allegedly grabbed eight properties worth Rs 60 crore. He lodged false criminal cases in Uttar Pradesh and Punjab against home owners in Delhi and then blackmailed the owners after getting the case registered and forced them to vacate the premises.
His gang members allegedly forced Vivek Gupta, owner of bungalow in Defence Colony, to vacate his house while he also got a case registered against Kamal Arora in Amroha. Two cases of attempt to murder were registered against Gupta in UP at the behest of Juneja, the official said.
"The gang received Rs 6.5 crore in these two deals," the official said, adding, he regularly paid policemen who helped him. Juneja, who also acted as a police informer, had close links with policemen and a video of a party thrown by him in 2006 showed some policemen being present.
A vigilance inquiry later gave the policemen a clean chit. Juneja also doubled as a. police informer. He is also alleged to have links with drug peddlers as well as pimps.