A day after a Delhi Police constable was shot dead in Vijay Vihar, just 200 metres away from the police station, the police arrested two suspects and claimed to have recovered the stolen gun of the slain cop.
Although senior police officers maintained that other accused in the crime were still absconding, reliable sources claimed that two other have also been apprehended.
“Two others have also been caught but we have not been able to ascertain their age. They may be juveniles and hence we cannot reveal their identity, as yet,” said a police official.
Since it was early in the day and still dark, the CCTV footage from cameras installed near the crime scene had failed to provide any leads to the police to help identify either the five accused or the auto-rickshaw in which they were travelling.
The initial clues were found from the crime scene — some glass cutting equipment.
This led the police to believe that the accused may have been some burglars. A team of 30 policemen was set up to prepare a list of burglars operating in outer and northwest Delhi. It was also decided that the police would question each and every person who has a record of any burglary case against him.
However, two cops picked up a man from a house in Shahbad Dairy and brought him to the police station, claiming that they had nabbed the prime accused.
They claimed that the man in their custody was Santosh alias Lucky, 23, whom they had arrested in January in an attempt to murder case. They said Santosh was the boss of a gang of burglars who travel in auto-rickshaw.
They said they had arrested Santosh after he and his gang members had upon a security guard when the latter tried to resist their burglary bid at a house in Samaipur Badli area.
“Constable Narender Chauhan, who was also shot at by the accused, confirmed that the people in the auto were carrying some house breaking equipment. He said when he, along with slain constable Jagvir Singh, questioned them, they said they worked in a glass-cutting factory,” said an investigating officer.
According to the officer, Santosh initially tried to mislead the police by pleading innocence but broke down after a “five-hour-long hour grilling”.
He said the accused were on the way to commit a burglary when they were intercepted by the two policemen.
“When we realised that Santosh was a tough nut to crack, we changed our strategy. We first prepared a set of around 50 questions, some of them repeated in the list, and sought explanation from him. This drill was repeated by three inspectors and we found that there were discrepancies in Satosh’s claims,” the officer said.