Members of the Saleem Bawariya gang have launched a ‘hunt’ of their own to identify and eliminate the ‘mole’ who might have leaked their names to the police.
Saleem Bawariya, the prime accused in the July 30 gang rape and loot case, continued to give police the slip on Sunday, with special teams conducting raids in various states to try and nab him.
Police sources said the Bawariya gang members had tapped into their sources and were trying to ‘plug loopholes’ so that information about their locations was not disclosed to the police.
“Normally, their modus operandi is closely guarded. The gang usually swiftly travels 200-300km in light commercial vehicles, commit a crime and then disappear from the scene leaving very little clues behind. The gang crosses state boundaries, if needed,” a police source said.
A police officer said raids were being conducted in 10 locations in neighbouring states of Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand and Rajasthan, apart from UP, in order to nab Saleem.
“The prime suspect is still untraceable as he does not have a fixed house or a location. We have got in touch with Rajasthan Police to exchange information about incidents which have recently taken place there and have patterns similar to that of Bulandshahr,” said Sujit Pandey, inspector general (Meerut zone), UP.