A 29-year-old sharpshooter of notorious Naresh Bhati gang, wanted in three cases of murder robbery and attempt to murder, was arrested by the crime branch of Delhi police on Friday.
Umesh Sharma alias Umesh Pandit, a native of Ghaziabad in UP, was arrested from near Lalita Park bus stop in east Delhi's Shakarpur, where he had come to meet one of his contacts.
Police said they recovered a sophisticated pistol and a live cartridge from him. The UP police had declared a cash reward of R5,000 on Pandit's arrest. Sanjay Kumar Jain, deputy commissioner of police (crime), said Pandit was arrested following a tip-off. "The information was developed and, accordingly, a trap was laid near the bus stop," said Jain adding that Pandit is a sharpshooter.
The DCP said Pandit's interrogation revealed that he is a DU dropout and had entered the world of crime in 2005.
He and an associate had murdered his college mate following an argument at Loni in Ghaziabad.
"Pandit got bail in that case within two months. In 2009, he along with his associates again murdered one Vinod Goel to settle a property dispute. He was arrested and joined
one Anil Dujana, an associate of Naresh Bhati and rival of Sunder Bhati, another notorious criminal of UP, after his release from jail," said Jain.
In October 2011, Pandit and other members of his gang had opened indiscriminate fire at Sunder Bhati and his gang at a wedding function in Sahibabad. Pandit was also wanted in a shootout case in which they had fired upon a police team on July 30, the DCP added