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Spotlight falls on dreaded Sansi clan

The police says the operation was masterminded by Sudhir Sansi, who belongs to the Sansi clan, a group settled across the city, reports Ravi Bajpai.

delhi Updated: Apr 25, 2008 23:14 IST
Ravi Bajpai

The arrest of the Delhi Cantonment bank car robbers suggests that a notorious criminal group has possibly reactivated its network within the city in a big way.

The police said the operation was masterminded by Sudhir Sansi, who belongs to the Sansi clan, a group settled across the city. A section of the community is known to produce illegal liquor and a few of its members have a history of crimes, including murders, robberies and snatching, said an officer.

The police said the cantonment robbery should not be seen in isolation. "The role of certain Sansi members in a few more recent crimes is being investigated," said a Special Cell officer. Asked if the Chittaranjan Park robbery was linked with the cantonment heist, DCP (Crime) Anil Shukla said the "possibility could not be ruled out".

In fact, the four persons arrested by the Crime Branch are small players. Sudhir is still absconding, said an officer. Sudhir's mother 80-year-old Saroj reportedly has 82 cases of Excise Act against her.

The Sansi community is spread all over the city, including Inder Puri, Raghubir Nagar, Nand Nagri, Gokulpuri and Prasad Nagar. A police officer said their mainstay is massive illegal production and sale of cheap liquor. "They began as liquor producers and took to other crimes gradually. We suspect they have begun committing all kinds of crimes in recent times," said an officer.

The police have good reasons for being wary of the Sansi's resurgence. A clan member, Vinod Sansi, his brother and mother allegedly murdered Crime Branch Sub-Inspector Satish Dalal in 2004. "Vinod beheaded Dalal and dumped his body and head in Nangloi and Tikri," said an officer.