NEW DELHI: A 30-year-old man, suspected to be involved in at least six murders reported from southwest Delhi, was arrested on Monday from Nangloi by the Delhi Police.
The alleged gangster, Pradeep Solanki, was wanted in at least 15 cases of murder, attempt to murder, extortion and carjacking reported in Delhi and Haryana.
Solanki, the police said, is a contract killer, extortionist and an active member of the Manjeet Mahaal gang.
A cash reward of R50,000 had been announced for his arrest, police said.
Sanjeev Kumar Yadav, deputy commissioner of police (special cell), said that his team had been monitoring Solanki’s movements for the past five months. Various traps were laid in Uttam Nagar and Nangloi for his arrest but he managed to evade arrest every time.
On Monday, Yadav said, a team led by ACP Nishant Gupta and Inspector Sanjay Nagpal laid a trap in Nangloi area following information about Solanki’s movements.
“The team spotted Solanki and asked him to surrender. Solanki, however, tried to flee. He whipped out a revolver and entered into a scuffle with our team members. Head constable Pawan and constable Deepak however managed to overpower Solanki,” said Yadav.
He said Solanki’s revolver, which was loaded with six bullets, was seized.