A 40-year-old man, part of the dreaded Satbir Gujjar gang and involved in the high-profile abduction of a millionaire businessman in 1994, was arrested after being on the run for more than half a decade, police said on Monday.
Chhaya Sharma, DCP (south) said Vishal, an erstwhile class IV MCD employee, was apprehended from RK Puram after he disappeared in order to evade life imprisonment after being arrested for his involvement in the 1994 abduction case.
“Vishal and two of his associates had abducted a businessman from Punjabi Bagh in 1994 and were arrested in the case. After getting bail in 1997, Vishal evaded the police and court proceedings. He was declared a proclaimed offender in 2006 and his associates went to prison in 2009,” the deputy commissioner of police said.
A resident of Lajpat Nagar at the time, Vishal decided he wouldn’t settle for the same fate and since then took great pains to keep the long arms of the law from getting to him, police claimed.
“He changed his residence from Village Ekla in Ghaziabad and shuttled between several addresses in Trans-Yamuna as well as southeast Delhi. He did not contact his relatives for the longest time to avoid being tracked,” said Sharma.
Police said Vishal was arrested by the local police around two years ago for a petty crime, but managed to escape prison because of an assumed identity.
“Soon after, he started living at New Seemapuri with a new identity — that of one Ankit, and was very confident that he wouldn’t be arrested at any cost,” Sharma said.